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by M. Dildine
February 21st, 2021, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 DuPuis Syrah Baker Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 157

TN: 2018 DuPuis Syrah Baker Ranch (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)

2018 DuPuis Syrah Baker Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/21/2021) 13% abv. Dark ruby, very expressive aromas. On the palate, ripe plum, black pepper, leather and black olive. Excellent depth, length, balance and complexity. Terrific now and will continue to improve for years...
by M. Dildine
February 19th, 2021, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace
Replies: 6
Views: 758

Re: TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

Tasted a '13 Swan Terrace last night and it was also superb. Rhys richly rewards aging in my experience.
by M. Dildine
February 19th, 2021, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Release
Replies: 17
Views: 1074

Re: Martinelli Release

A very nice Martinelli bargain is the dry, old vine Jackass Hill Muscat at $28. Excellent and distinctive.
by M. Dildine
February 18th, 2021, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace
Replies: 0
Views: 167

TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/18/2021) 12.2% abv. Medium burgundy red, ++ aromatics. On the palate, raspberry, cinnamon, spearmint and baking spice. Excellent depth, length and balance. Grippy and complex, this wine is delicious now ...
by M. Dildine
February 17th, 2021, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4080

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

The first great California Pinot I tasted was Chalone (these remain among the best wines I've ever tasted, period). Another early eyeopener was Dehlinger.
by M. Dildine
February 15th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3159
Views: 217946

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

‘16 Carlisle Vineyard. Exceptional!
by M. Dildine
February 13th, 2021, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4248

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

I have a buddy who died about a month ago. It was unexpected and sudden. What he died of was basically undetectable in normal life, and he was 55, lean, and in very good health otherwise. I had a case of wine that I set aside for tastings with him, which I am sad that he didn't get to experience. A...
by M. Dildine
February 11th, 2021, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Release
Replies: 17
Views: 1074

Re: Martinelli Release

I've been drinking the Zins for years and I really enjoy them - very distinctive, the essence of RRV. The style is still exuberant, but scaled back a bit over the past decade. My wife, with her "RRV palate," absolutely adores Martinelli.
by M. Dildine
February 11th, 2021, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare
Replies: 0
Views: 187

TN: 2012 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare

2012 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/11/2021) 14.5% abv. Medium ruby, very expressive aromatics. Ripe plum, lots of delicious white pepper, pomegranate and blue fruit. Excellent depth and length. This is really in a great place - vibrant, comp...
by M. Dildine
February 9th, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 383

TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

2017 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/9/2021) 12.5% abv. Light straw, very expressive aromas. On the palate, lemon curd, melon, pear and a touch of white pepper. Great complexity. Very deep on the mid palate and with exceptional length...
by M. Dildine
February 2nd, 2021, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Somebody Feed Phil
Replies: 33
Views: 1496

Re: Somebody Feed Phil

I am a big fan!
by M. Dildine
February 2nd, 2021, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)
Replies: 3
Views: 312

TN: 2017 Sandlands Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)

2017 Sandlands Merlot - USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville (2/2/2021) 12.9% abv. Medium-dark ruby, wonderful aromatics. I taste ripe plum, some mint and eucalyptus, sage and blue fruit. Excellent depth and length, with surprising complexity. This is excellent now and will probably get nothin...
by M. Dildine
January 31st, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Diversity...again
Replies: 57
Views: 2651

Re: Cellar Diversity...again

In terms of soils, geology and climate, Sonoma County alone may be more diverse than all of France. Winemaking styles are equally diverse.
by M. Dildine
January 30th, 2021, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay Bedrock Fans - Force Rank the Heritage Wines!
Replies: 56
Views: 2913

Re: Okay Bedrock Fans - Force Rank the Heritage Wines!

Bedrock "Carlisle Vineyard" is really good.
by M. Dildine
January 26th, 2021, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6656

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

This took me by surprise. But ... with the processes they have in place, the vineyards they control and Dave Gates tending the vines - Ridge will continue to be Ridge.
by M. Dildine
January 23rd, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

David, I’m surprised. My bottle was absolutely open and generous.
by M. Dildine
January 23rd, 2021, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 413

TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (1/23/2021) 12.9% abv. Burgundy red, very expressive aromas. On the palate, fresh strawberry, raspberry compote, cinnamon, mint and asian spice. Delicate, yet penetrating, concentrated and focused flavor...
by M. Dildine
January 13th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: News from Williams Selyem
Replies: 19
Views: 2413

Re: News from Williams Selyem

Very interesting news. WS is a great property, quintessentially Californian and this marriage with the French could make it even better.
by M. Dildine
January 11th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Lucia Garys
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: 2013 Lucia Garys

I love Lucia Gary's wines too. Reliably delicious, and quite underrated, I think. One of the great SLH vineyards, without doubt.
by M. Dildine
January 9th, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

There is no reason why Sonoma County cannot produce more wines like this I've wondered about this myself. For some reason, great wine in Sonoma County seems mostly limited to Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Dehlinger has been producing great Sonoma County cabs for a few decades at least. Anot...
by M. Dildine
January 8th, 2021, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 8th, 2021, 5:11 pm omg I'm so jealous - love the note. Amazing for such a relatively weak vintage, too.
Todd, I had an '07 "Estate" Dehlinger Cab recently and it was very good, but not nearly this good. I just wish I had another case or more of the "East Ridge!'
by M. Dildine
January 8th, 2021, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 337

TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/8/2021) Quite spectacular. 14.6% abv. Dark ruby, very aromatic. On the palate, ripe plums, graphite, leather, mint and a hint of cedar. Wonderfully integrated, power, complexity and finesse. Very ...
by M. Dildine
January 6th, 2021, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 5
Views: 472

TN: 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (1/6/2021) 15.5% abv. Very dark ruby, extremely expressive aromas. On the palate, ripe plum, white pepper, raspberry preserve, anise, a touch of leather and herbs. Layer after layer of complex and exotic flavors. Extreme...
by M. Dildine
January 1st, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year’s wine resolution
Replies: 51
Views: 2076

Re: New Year’s wine resolution

Use ah-so opener more often.
by M. Dildine
January 1st, 2021, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 5145

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Zinfandel. Clearly my cellar's core strength is taste and class!
by M. Dildine
December 28th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy B-day to the Legend Tom Hill
Replies: 14
Views: 769

Re: Happy B-day to the Legend Tom Hill

Happy Birthday Legendary Tom, I'm sure you'll celebrate well!
by M. Dildine
December 27th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 4
Views: 362

TN: 2009 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

Many dismiss Petite. They need to taste a well stored Turley Hayne with a little age! 2009 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (12/27/2020) 14.5% abv. Very dark purple, expressive aromas. On the palate, ripe plum, black pepper, a hint of white flowers and mi...
by M. Dildine
December 25th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 359

TN: 2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch

2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (12/25/2020) 14.1% abv. Medium burgundy red, very aromatic. On the palate, expressive red raspberry, cloves, and X-Mas spice. Superior depth, concentration and length, great focus, very ...
by M. Dildine
December 25th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 0
Views: 236

TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/25/2020) 14.5% abv. Medium straw color, very aromatic. Concentrated flavors of lemon curd, anise, wild flowers and mint. Very intensely flavored, but harmonious. Superb mouthfeel...
by M. Dildine
December 24th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch
Replies: 1
Views: 239

TN: 2014 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch

2014 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/24/2020) Such an interesting wine. Grapes grown on Montebello Ridge, but aged in French, not American oak. 100% Cab, unlike the Ridge blend. Like Ridge, vines are mature (35-40 years ol...
by M. Dildine
December 21st, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 6097

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

Brian, you know what this Aeris Rosso wine would go really well with ... (drumroll) ... Rosso pizza!

Coincidence?
by M. Dildine
December 21st, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 133
Views: 8685

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

Evangehlo Vineyard, Contra Costa County, CA.
by M. Dildine
December 21st, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 6097

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

I've had many a Zin-based, mixed black blend before, but nothing quite like this. 50% Nebbiolo, 20% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Carignan, 10% Babara and 10% Primitivo (like Zinfandel, a clone of a Croatian grape called Crljenak). With the high dose of Nebbiolo, I can't help but think this somewhat tannic...
by M. Dildine
December 19th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace
Replies: 6
Views: 758

TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/19/2020) 13% abv. Medium burgundy red, very aromatic. On the palate, raspberry, pomegranate, dried flowers and Christmas spices. Excellent depth and length. Beautifully evolved and integrated, still vib...
by M. Dildine
December 18th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Jeff_M. wrote: December 18th, 2020, 8:51 am This would be a nice one to do a side by side tasting with Carlisle, Bedrock and any other Pagani Ranch zins.
There was a HVS Zoom tasting of Ridge, Bedrock, Seghesio and Biale Zins last night. Discussed all aspects of the site, winemaking, the vintage, etc. I'll try and get a link for this.
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

There is an exuberant suppleness to this wine combined with lively acid which bodes very well for the future.
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 6097

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:24 pm
M. Dildine wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Brian Tuite wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:16 pm

I recently opened the ‘14 vintage if 1910 and was floored by how good it was. Well worth the tariff.
I think the '18 will be a stunner!
Did the name change for the 2018?
No, new label and I believe a new winemaker. The name is still 1910.
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 6097

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

2015 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Block 1910 - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/17/2020) High flavor, high octane, high enjoyment. I am really glad I have tomorrow off, because I am going to consume a lot of this. It’s surprisingly bright and red fruited, where I expected somethi...
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 6097

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (12/17/2020) 14.9% abv. Dark ruby, expressive aromatics. On the palate, sweet blue fruit, raspberry, pomegranate and mint. Very precocious and, in fact, primary at this early stage, but it is already delicious. (93 pt...
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 772

TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (12/17/2020) 14.9% abv. Dark ruby, expressive aromatics. On the palate, sweet blue fruit, raspberry, pomegranate and mint. Very precocious and, in fact, primary at this early stage, but it is already delicious. (93 pt...
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

Re: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

Stephen Chen wrote: December 15th, 2020, 5:22 pm Great note, thanks! Have a lone bottle in the cellar from Lopa and have been slightly worried by the mixed reviews on CT, but now this has gotten me excited to try it. Any tips on decanting?
Stephen, I opened the bottle about six hours before tasting.
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 1009

TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/15/2020) 13% abv. Medium burgundy red, flamboyant aromatics. On the palate, raspberry, cinnamon, mint and lavender. Medium depth, excellent length. Energetic, tense and light as a feather. Maybe the best Pin...
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 167
Views: 6097

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

I just looked and I have some Zinfandel to drink. Kudos to Brian (and Fred Scherrer) for this virtual tasting! A very good cause.
by M. Dildine
December 12th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I doing this right?
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Re: Am I doing this right?

Yes, Brian, you are!
by M. Dildine
December 9th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 116
Views: 12486

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

So many great 18s. Tasted an A. Rafanelli tonight. Best young A Raf I think I've ever tasted. Pure Dry Creek goodness.

Another one not to be missed - Biale "Black Chicken!"
by M. Dildine
December 6th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Re: TN: 2018 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I think they planted Cab on their longstanding estate property in Napa. These are very nice indeed, prime Cab territory, very traditionally styled. Price, as I recall, is very reasonable.
by M. Dildine
December 3rd, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 373
Views: 25660

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Outstanding piece here: https://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2020/12/mourvedre-sidelined-by-phylloxera-no-more.html A brief glimpse: One of the silver linings of the last nine months unable to travel has been the chance to spend time virtually with some of California winemakers whose work I find i...
by M. Dildine
December 3rd, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

Bill, the wine was opened about seven hours prior to pouring. No extensive decant, it was running on 12 cylinders from the get-go.

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