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by M. Dildine
October 15th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 60
Views: 2581

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

The only self-control I have over wine purchasing is refusing offsite storage. I do, however, agree with Robert on Klondike bars.
by M. Dildine
October 13th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10850
Views: 393667

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Rhys Horseshoe '14 Syrah. Really delicious and still on the ascent.
by M. Dildine
October 10th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch

Tasting note on the '16 Desire Lines Syrah: 10/9/2019 - I LIKE THIS WINE: 93 points 14% abv. Deep ruby purple, very aromatic ++ aromatics. On the palate, bright, tart cherry, saddle leather with floral and mint highlights. Excellent depth, length and concentration, beautifully mannered. This is a gr...
by M. Dildine
October 9th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch

That's a great article, Mike - thanks for the link. Of course I'm not the talented writer that Mike Dunne is, but I did do a write-up on a visit with Ann at Shake Ridge back in late 2013 for Grape-Nutz.com if anyone is interested in looking at that. Shake Ridge Ranch / Yorba Wines Outstanding artic...
by M. Dildine
October 9th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Hommage to Shake Ridge Ranch

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Inside-the-remote-peculiar-vineyard-behind-13939601.php I was getting ready to open a Desire Lines '16 Shake Ridge Syrah and I came upon this article. Like the Stolo Estate Vineyard in Cambria, this vineyard has given me a whole new perspective on an AVA. To...
by M. Dildine
October 8th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs -TRIP REPORT ADDED
Replies: 17
Views: 731

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs -TRIP REPORT ADDED

Thanks for posting this Jim. We returned from Jackson last week and loved it. Toured Yellowstone, white water rafted the Snake, and enjoyed hiking in the Tetons. We plan to return next year!
by M. Dildine
September 22nd, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Caymus Zinfandel winemaker?
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: Old Caymus Zinfandel winemaker?

I'd love to also know where those older Caymus Zins were sourced. I can't remember if they were "Napa Valley" or "North Coast," but they were very good.
by M. Dildine
September 19th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Day, Sept 20
Replies: 19
Views: 780

Re: Grenache Day, Sept 20

Bucklin makes a great Grenache. Old Hill Ranch.
by M. Dildine
September 17th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Your Saxums Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1198

Re: Let Your Saxums Age!

Paul Miller wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 2:02 pm
My oldest Saxum is a 2006 James Berry. Too young?
Nope - rocking!
by M. Dildine
September 17th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 992

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

Morgan Twain-Peterson wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 9:59 am
Between this and MacDonald my credit card is getting an unusual harvest workout this morning!
Two "must haves!"
by M. Dildine
September 12th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Monte Rosso Grapes Going???
Replies: 84
Views: 6214

Re: Where Are The Monte Rosso Grapes Going???

Brig, I met Brenae at Monte Rosso. FWIW, I was really impressed by her detailed knowledge and passion for the vineyard. Gallo is lucky to have her.
by M. Dildine
September 10th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 992

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

Really looking forward to this release!
by M. Dildine
September 7th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and lunch, Napa
Replies: 2
Views: 495

Re: Wine and lunch

Solbar, Calistoga. World’s best fish tacos.
by M. Dildine
September 4th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 797

Re: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016

Ian Alper wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Agree with Wes, Ian really is a great winemaker and does a great job sourcing fruit in our area.
Yes he is!
by M. Dildine
August 31st, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)
Replies: 67
Views: 4673

Re: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)

A funny thread! I like Ovid, but I'm too cheap to purchase. I'm not to cheap, however, to purchase Martinelli! neener
by M. Dildine
August 30th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3828

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

We enjoyed Popeyes in Houston. I wish there was a Popeyes around us here. [cry.gif]
by M. Dildine
August 28th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA
Replies: 24
Views: 1369

Re: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA

Titus and Schramsberg.
by M. Dildine
August 28th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1910

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

R: Zinfandel, Pinot, Mataro, Cab
W: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer
by M. Dildine
August 27th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2191

Best of Class restaurant dishes

I had a banner day yesterday, tasting two "best of class" dishes in one day: * Best fish taco: Solbar, Calistoga, CA * Best iceberg wedge salad: Press, St. Helena, CA (chilled iceberg, bacon, blue cheese, red grapes, pistachio, avocado puree) I'll throw in another all-time favorite from years past f...
by M. Dildine
August 26th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

Thanks Dennis. Tasted a 2008 Swan last night. Initially very tight and unyielding, but began opening up over a two hour span. Lots of stuffing, not flabby and seeming very young. Will try again tonight.
by M. Dildine
August 16th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc To-Kalon I Block
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: TN: 2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc To-Kalon I Block

Great, great Sauvignon Blanc. Thanks for the note!
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

If you think about it, the Paso/Central Coast area has been a successful incubator for a number of successful Southern Rhonish luxury blends - Grenache, GSM, etc. Not sure what the push-back is as to Zin being included in this company.

Would the world be a better place without SQN, Alban, Saxum ...
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

These quotes..... “Cambie brings his nearly savant-like talent to Downstream.“ Savant is not what I would call it. “Philippe likes to come through right when things are done with malo, usually in early spring and before we’ve blended up our wines, when things are still in individual lots. We put ab...
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Perhaps the Downstream project will provide a little bit of customer recognition/appreciation. I’m with you on the appreciation of Old Vine Zin and field blends. I love watching Morgon in action with his quest to not only promote and preserve the historic vineyards, but equally important, getting t...
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Michael Martin wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 10:44 am
I love Zins too and last night had a phenomenal $31 one.
There is no shortage of beautiful, affordable Zinfandel available. And ... as with other great wine grape varieties, there is room for consumer choices at all points on the price spectrum.
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Obviously, no consumer likes higher prices for the sake of higher prices. To me, it's a matter of recognition. It wasn't too long ago that Zinfandel sites were seen primarily as fodder for white Zin, replanting to Pinot and Chard, and commercial real estate ventures. Winemakers like Joel Peterson, J...
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Nope...

Turley controls most of the Zin in the Paso area - there are only a few outstanding old vine locations here. Downstream is also getting Zin from Paderewski Vineyard, an excellent young-vine site. Love to see them get some Ueberroth or Pesenti fruit for Cambi to play with, although both Dusi's can b...
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Turley controls most of the Zin in the Paso area - there are only a few outstanding old vine locations here. Downstream is also getting Zin from Paderewski Vineyard, an excellent young-vine site. Love to see them get some Ueberroth or Pesenti fruit for Cambi to play with, although both Dusi's can be...
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 7:00 am
Sorry Mike, that’s ridiculous.

It’s a marketing gimmick as much as a wine.
Luxury wine is a marketing gimmick Robert - including that fancy stuff you get from France! pileon

Grape racism! The brilliance of Zinfandel has been there for all to see all along. I appreciate the recognition.
by M. Dildine
August 14th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2392

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

Fascinating article Tom - thanks.

I’m probably one of the few who also celebrates (somewhat perversely) the pricing of this Zin-based offering.
by M. Dildine
August 8th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Pinnacle Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 401

TN: 2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Pinnacle Vineyard

2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Pinnacle Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/8/2019) 12.6% abv. Pale straw, expressive aromas. Apple, pear and a touch of key lime highlight an intense, complex and highly nuanced palate impression. Exceptional depth and length. Grippy with...
by M. Dildine
August 7th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5760

Re: Rhys Hillsides

I'll be buying.
by M. Dildine
August 5th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1370

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Chris Seiber wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 5:35 pm
It's an excellent wine. Light yet intense and complex.
Nothing quite like it. Unique and exceptional.
by M. Dildine
August 4th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27197

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The real tragedy isn’t that Rhys was fined $3.76 million for illegally diverting water.. he’s a pig and the regulators made that greasy little piggy squeal. The real story is that with all of the resources and wealth that Kevin brings to Rhys, the wines are complete dog sh!t. This brand has PERENNI...
by M. Dildine
August 2nd, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve

Wow. I wonder which AV vineyard this was sourced from?

Great note!
by M. Dildine
July 29th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week
Replies: 20
Views: 1780

Re: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week

I do.
by M. Dildine
July 28th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2708

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

I appreciate the detailed notes from Frank and Brig! The Rhys tasting was remarkable - nearly four hours from start to finish. Kudos to Jeff for taking time out to share with us. I've always associated Rhys with Pinot, and the lineup is getting better and more refined as it continues to expand. Swan...
by M. Dildine
July 26th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

I was with Jeff & friends at Rhys yesterday and marveled at the upcoming Chardonnay lineup. MEV does a phenomenal job as well. SCM is the place for chards.
by M. Dildine
July 26th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6395

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

As a relative novice to the sparkling side, it was an eyeopener for me to sit through the this tasting, with Brig and Alan - and of course, the "Chairman of Champagne" FMIII. The confidence and excitement from Jeff was palpable and it was easy to see why.
by M. Dildine
July 23rd, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6229

Re: Big Fan Here...

Speaking of hybrids - every Norton (grape, not the producer) wine I've ever tried tasted like prunes. Every dry Scuppernong/Muscadine tasted of burned rubber doll. I'm a huge fan of Ed Norton. In fact, when I was a youngster, I wanted to work in the sewers of NYC like Ed!! [snort.gif] I've had some...
by M. Dildine
July 21st, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6395

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

My wife and I have two favorite sparklers - Under the Wire "Brosseau" and Roederer "L'Hermitage." Very much looking forward to expanding our understanding of the genre with this offering.
by M. Dildine
July 18th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 135
Views: 4561

Re: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos in Sept. or Oct. and the theme will be...

If the date works for me, I’d love to come up.
by M. Dildine
July 16th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6395

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Frank Murray III wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 10:13 am
Did my 2 +2 plus wished more 750s. Really looking forward to this project and I am in for the ride.
Not only do I look forward to tasting this project, but I look forward to tasting it with a sparkling wine lover like Frankie!
by M. Dildine
July 16th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 44
Views: 3585

Re: SAXUM OPEN

This is a seriously loaded offering! Check this out! 2017 Gratias Gratias is a one-off, so we decided to offer it to you at a price that conveys our gratitude for your support. The wine is on us, you pay for shipping. A blend of 42% Grenache, 25% Zinfandel, 18% Mataro, 14% Syrah, 1% Tempranillo. 15...
by M. Dildine
July 12th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Stolo Family Vineyards Chardonnay Estate
Replies: 3
Views: 320

TN: 2016 Stolo Family Vineyards Chardonnay Estate

2016 Stolo Family Vineyards Chardonnay Estate - USA, California, Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County (7/12/2019) 13% abv. Light straw, expressive aromas. A sweet, ripe pear note on entry, followed by citrus notes and stone. Excellent depth and length, great oily mouthfeel. Delicious, suave and co...
by M. Dildine
July 11th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1444

Re: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group

I picked up some Siduri locally recently. Jackson seems to maintain a winning, hands-off approach with their (IMO) impressive stable of wineries.
by M. Dildine
July 11th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 125
Views: 8398

Re: Downstream Wines

Again, in the middle of all of the speculation, the team is taking a risk and possibly breaking new ground, which I always admire. I'm not one to indulge in bling, but Zinfandel, after white Zin, Gallo Hearty Burgundy and being ripped out of the ground for the variety du jour for decades- - has earn...
by M. Dildine
July 11th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 125
Views: 8398

Re: Downstream Wines

According to an earlier post it's 76% zin Jackass Hill is usually around $150 $150 at release or in the secondary market? I was thinking of release price in my comment Martinelli Jackass Hill sells from the winery at $125, IIRC. Fruit is sourced from a tiny, very steep plot of ancient 19th vines th...
by M. Dildine
July 11th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 125
Views: 8398

Re: Downstream Wines

Lot's of speculation here, but I can tell you what I like about this project. It acknowledges Zinfandel as a worthy and noble grape. It gives a nod to the heritage wines of California (Zin, Mataro, Petite). It sources from some of California's best vineyards and highlights the Central Coast. The win...

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