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by F.Daner
July 12th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stopped by Rivers-Marie today...
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Re: Stopped by Rivers-Marie today...

Brian- where is the winery located ?
by F.Daner
June 27th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Pinots (Littorai Hirsch, Ramey Platt)
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: TN: Two Pinots (Littorai Hirsch, Ramey Platt)

David- not sure you have any of the 13 Hirsch left. Opened our first bottle tonight. It is sublime. That exotic spice is still there but now with wild strawberry, cherry and fine tannins. Outstanding wine!
by F.Daner
June 26th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 784

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Thanks for posting Sean. Good reminder to pick this one up as have seen a bunch of postive notes. The Cepparello as well is one I'm eager to try. Jeremy Holmes posted a great note awhile back on the Cep.

Cheers
by F.Daner
June 26th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 90
Views: 7749

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

Hi Ed- had my first 15 this week. It was really good. Might give the nod to the 13 but regardless both are so good and a great value. I'm sure a 6 pack of the 18 will hit the cellar soon. Cheers and stay safe. John Kight wrote: Has anyone tried any of the Ridge Zins/blends from '18 yet? Their "vinta...
by F.Daner
June 23rd, 2020, 2:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: TN: 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard

I had the Murto from 12 a few weeks ago. It also was starting to enter its drinking window and with a one hour decant was very good. I like the contrast between the 2 sites as the Murto has much more of a red fruit profile. I have the rest of a mixed case of both of them and agree there is no rush t...
by F.Daner
June 22nd, 2020, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 259

TN: 2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard

2012 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (6/22/2020) Opened and decanted for one hour. It has a deep and dark nose of sweet black fruit that match it's color. The tannins are fine and somewhat silky but show a bit of grit and structure with ...
by F.Daner
June 20th, 2020, 3:04 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Outdoor options for food and wine in wine country?
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Outdoor options for food and wine in wine country?

You might want to try the Visiting Sonoma thread on Wine Talk. That one has more visibility and some local Sonoma folks provide a lot of the content. They should be able to help.
by F.Daner
June 18th, 2020, 12:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3128

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

Bedrock OV, Bedrock VY, and a few others mixed in- 50%
Ridge Geyser and LS-30%
Frogs Leap-20%
by F.Daner
June 14th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1811

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Awesome post and hoping to replicate some of it in mid september.
Alan- is Carmel Highlands Inn a Hyatt property ?
by F.Daner
June 14th, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4143

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

Thanks Rory for the vintage comparisons. Great info and will be getting some of the 17 to try. Hope to see you in September depending on how things go.
by F.Daner
June 7th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4143

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

Thanks Rory. I'll reach out to them as I have a few questions. How would you compare the 17 to the 16 ? Rory - when is the 17 getting released to the wine club ? Looks like you and your Dad are not the only ones happy with the 17 [cheers.gif] Had the 16 last night with a small group. It continues to...
by F.Daner
June 7th, 2020, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4143

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

Rory - when is the 17 getting released to the wine club ? Looks like you and your Dad are not the only ones happy with the 17 [cheers.gif] Had the 16 last night with a small group. It continues to show so well and picks up some additional weight decanting an hour or so. I will most for the 8-10 year...
by F.Daner
June 7th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charleston, SC recs
Replies: 23
Views: 712

Re: Charleston, SC recs

Tom- https://theobstinatedaughter.com/ would be a good choice for several of the meal slots you have.

cheers
by F.Daner
June 1st, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summa Vineyard: "nothing like it- Thomas Rivers Brown
Replies: 18
Views: 1422

Re: Summa Vineyard: "nothing like it- Thomas Rivers Brown

I'll open a regular after receiving them but will give the old vines a few years. I had the 13 OV last year. I didn't take any notes but it was outstanding. It was a reminder that I needed to start buying them again. Thanks for sharing. Glad to have some of the regular and old vine coming later in t...
by F.Daner
May 31st, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summa Vineyard: "nothing like it- Thomas Rivers Brown
Replies: 18
Views: 1422

Re: Summa Vineyard: "nothing like it- Thomas Rivers Brown

Thanks for sharing. Glad to have some of the regular and old vine coming later in the year from Rm.

cheers
by F.Daner
May 31st, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir House Block Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir House Block Whistling Ridge Vineyard

Great note Don thanks. My Burgundy budget has moved to Oregon lately. The wines are such a great value and most hit my sweet spot.
by F.Daner
May 31st, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Visiting Willamette wine region in October
Replies: 13
Views: 3482

Re: Visiting Willamette wine region in October

Anyone aware of a good winery map of WV ? I'm looking to better understand the individual AVA's as well as potential trip planning.

cheers
by F.Daner
May 31st, 2020, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Simply the Best Goodfellow....
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Simply the Best Goodfellow....

Thanks for the heads up on this one. Just picked some up at Vinopolis. I can't think of a wine growing region in the US that delivers more wine for the $ than Oregon. 2012 Cameron Reserve and 2012 BP Murto were just terrific recently.
by F.Daner
May 25th, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 120
Views: 5932

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

and thanks Vincent for the referral link. My first of several 2017 Frog's Leap purchases.
by F.Daner
May 25th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 120
Views: 5932

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Bunch of great names already mentioned but will add my 2cents Long Meadow Ranch Napa- I believe $45 with club membership. One of the few clubs I remain on. Great oppty's to buy older vintages as well. Made in a more classic style Frogs Leap- worthy of all the praise. Another club we belong to for th...
by F.Daner
May 25th, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Belle Pente offer: "Secrets of the Savvy Somms" case
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: Belle Pente offer: "Secrets of the Savvy Somms" case

Brian and team have released another nice case offer and also have most of 14-16 pinot's at release price on the website. Great opportunity to grab some vintages if you missed them as I did.

https://bellepente.com/current-releases/ycestate

cheers
by F.Daner
May 25th, 2020, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon

Dennis- Belle Pente does have some of their older vintages available on their website. 13-16's at regular release pricing. I just got some of the 14 and 15 reserve along with 3 vintages of Murto.
Dennis Atick wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 3:12 pm
Sounds really great, Richard. I need some OR Pinot with age on it. That is my next quest. Cheers.
by F.Daner
April 19th, 2020, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 21
Views: 949

Re: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon

Sherri- fyi if you're interested the TW here in Clearwater has the 06 and 13 Bressler for $95. That 06 is a great wine. I haven't opened a 13 to try yet. I own a couple bottles of this - long time buyer of Bressler cabs and always enjoy. Wish the pricing hadn’t climbed. The pricing climbed $20 in 15...
by F.Daner
April 19th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 425
Views: 32190

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

17 Myriad Napa was singing this past week with a Ribeye. Beautiful wine.
by F.Daner
April 5th, 2020, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars
Replies: 45
Views: 3055

Re: Sojourn Cellars

Great winery and people. Craig and the team are great. The mouthfeel on the pinot's are awesome. Great reminder for me.
Cheers
by F.Daner
March 29th, 2020, 1:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR 2016 Di Costanzo Farella
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: TNR 2016 Di Costanzo Farella

Robert- this was one of my favorite wines that I tried last year and during our Sept trip to Napa. I purchased some more after our visit with Erin. Outstanding wine and the style is right in my sweet spot. Here was my note from our trip: 2016 Di Costanzo Farella- I've had the 13 and 14 recently and ...
by F.Daner
March 29th, 2020, 1:39 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Fogline Club 2014 Pinot Noir Library Case Special ***SOLD OUT***
Replies: 11
Views: 1349

Re: Fogline Club 2014 Pinot Noir Library Case Special

That's an easy yes !

Looking forward to trying these Evan.
by F.Daner
March 29th, 2020, 1:30 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: *Closing Wednesday 4/8* Di Costanzo Wines (Montecillo, Farella & DI CO)
Replies: 27
Views: 3309

Re: Di Costanzo Wines (Montecillo, Farella & DI CO)

Opened the Moon Mountain about a week ago. It's really excellent and was an easy reload for me. I will now let these babies sleep for several years. Awesome wine by great people. Easy to support. Cheers
by F.Daner
March 20th, 2020, 4:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10717

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Robert- I haven't looked in a bit but their is a FB Page "Where New Orleans eats" that is listing pickup and take out. Some might be shipping. I’d order frozen gumbo right now from my favorite haunts in New Orleans. Cochon used to sell mail order but I haven’t looked lately after they stopped years ...
by F.Daner
March 20th, 2020, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4143

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

J- we tasted an 03 Merlot and 05 Cab during our tasting back in Sept and they age wonderfully. I bought an 03 Merlot and will be opening soon. It reminded me of some wonderful older BDX's we've had at Berns in Tampa. Was inspired to open a 2016 tonight. Great wine I think the nose is really “classic...
by F.Daner
March 19th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4143

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

Hi Rory- really hoping we get to see you guys later this year. Stay safe and we'll do our best to support. I now have had the Zin and Merlot as well and all top notch. I'll continue to add to my stash of 16 and look forward to trying the 17. Cheers Fred, I'm glad you are digging the wines. I hope yo...
by F.Daner
March 15th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5453

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

Tough to pick one. My recent 2010 Forman was one of the best Cab's I've ever had so agree with Michael on this one. An 84 WS Russian River was an absolute revalation in what Cali pinot could become with age. Most recently the 2017 Bedrock Old Vine is an unbelievable value and just an outstanding win...
by F.Daner
March 15th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 30
Views: 4753

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Our last trip for awhile we hit Miami Beach before spending the weekend in Key Largo. We went to Macchialina and my wife loved it as much as I did from my prior business dinners. It really is an a terrific restaurant and they really deliver for the $. Only thing someone may not enjoy is it gets pret...
by F.Daner
March 15th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4143

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

I now have had the Zin and Merlot as well and all top notch. I'll continue to add to my stash of 16 and look forward to trying the 17.
by F.Daner
March 1st, 2020, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Triggered at Total Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 2510

Re: Triggered at Total Wine

My problem with them is how hard they push their winery direct brands. I stop in from time to time to see what they have for bourbon and will always check out the Cabernet selection. I picked up 2 2012 Forman that were $20 below current release price. When I was checking out their Wine Manager took ...
by F.Daner
March 1st, 2020, 4:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10717

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Marshall- have you been to Carrolltown Market and La Petit Grocery ? Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] [/quote] We will be heading back in a few weeks. So far, only three rezzies, Gabrielle, Galatoire's (again) and Doris Metropolitan . We have plenty of other free nights so I am still planning. New Orle...
by F.Daner
February 20th, 2020, 3:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10717

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

J- Il Ritorno in St Pete is one of the best restaurants in Tampa area. He really shows his best with his tasting meal. Al carte is very good but he really shows off the goods in a tasting format. Wine list is decent. I think corkage is one botte per table $30. Thanks for the updates Fred. We stayed ...
by F.Daner
February 16th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas
Replies: 14
Views: 1647

Re: Boca Raton and Surrounding Areas

32 East was one of my favorite restaurants in all of Florida. I don't get down to the area as much anymore but will have to check out Wine Bar and Grill when I do. If anyone is in the Miami area I highly recommend Macchialina on the beach. Terrific new Italian place delivering food like Nona used to...
by F.Daner
February 9th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 102
Views: 9781

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE

Ian- are you getting anymore in ? Just bought a bunch at 35 from wine library...probably open one as soon as they arrive to see if I should go back for more No harm in opening, and day 2 it's even better. IMNHO, this is the best regular bottling release I've had in my life time. Absolutely stunning ...
by F.Daner
February 9th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 134
Views: 10717

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Quick trip last week with a focus on seeing friends and family so limited meals out Drago's- big expansion to Metairie location. Charbroiled oysters as good as always but prefer Acme for other options Carrolltown Market- another awesome meal. It's becoming our new favorite. Maypop- ditto, what I rea...
by F.Daner
February 9th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1851

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

David- If VRBO/Air BnB is an option there are some nice spots on or near Dear Park road right off of the Trail. We've stayed there with friends at different properties and loved the location. You can shoot up the mountain or down the trail to other areas easily and 10 minutes or less to St Helena. I...
by F.Daner
January 26th, 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour
Replies: 18
Views: 1788

Re: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour

We did not use these folks for a tour but used them to go from Florence to SML and then from Pienza to Florence airport. https://deluxelimoitaly.com/ Their pricing was very fair and they way over delivered with the service and vehicles. You can plan your own wineries and use them for car service. Mo...
by F.Daner
January 26th, 2020, 3:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naperville IL
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Re: Naperville IL

Thanks Chris. I saw a bunch of these online and then several when I headed downtown. For some reason I picked Rosebud instead of La Franscesca. Their wine list was a little better but was not a big fan of the food. Oh well, downtown is pretty neat and got to walk around a bit after dinner. I'll prob...
by F.Daner
January 21st, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naperville IL
Replies: 4
Views: 1173

Naperville IL

I've got an office nearby that I'll be visiting. Any recomendations for solid food with a good wines BTG list ? Italian, seafood, grill etc. Pretty much open to most cusuine.

Cheers
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 3013

Re: Di Costanzo Wines

We did ours over lunch and had a great time and loved the wines.
DIANAD wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Sounds like a winery I’ll have to add to my tasting schedule later this month!
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited
Replies: 18
Views: 2072

Re: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited

Our Florida fish this week will be Yellowtail Snapper and Gulf Shrimp made with Issac Toups Couvillion recipe. My wife does a great job with it.

https://www.starchefs.com/cook/savory/i ... couvillion
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7633

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Interesting read and thanks for sharing. I happened to be there in October at the same time he was in town. I heard some of the same feedback he mentioned in the article about his personality. I tend to align to his palate so usually his reviews are pretty helpful for me. He also seems to have an in...
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 5:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Naples, FL Dining
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Re: Naples, FL Dining

We've eaten at Italian restaurants throughout Florida and this is one of the best. Worthy enough that my wife and I will be making a trip to Naples at some point to enjoy. It's been a few years but the pasta was some of the best I've had in the U.S.

http://www.albertosonfifth.com/menu/
by F.Daner
January 19th, 2020, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos from recent Sonoma / Napa wine trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1023

Re: A few photos from recent Sonoma / Napa wine trip

That's weird. I reached out in the past via email and was able to set up a tasting w Tom at Detert. Love the wines and it was a very nice visit. This is the slow time of the year so normally you should be able to schedule something. I'll shoot you his email via pm in case you don't have it. I’m sett...

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