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by M. Dildine
April 2nd, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 907

Re: TN: 2018 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I agree with Mike, the humble SC is quasi spectacular. I also tasted the Bearwallow, which is not quite as precocious as the SC, but is destined for great things.
by M. Dildine
March 30th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah

pnitze wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Not sure exactly why, as I didn’t follow the vintage conditions closely, but Radio Coteau made particularly good wines in 2013. The syrahs and the Lemorel zin are outstanding. I think the 2013 zin may be the best Eric has ever made.
The '13 Zin was great. The '07 was even better, IMO.
by M. Dildine
March 30th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monte Bello 2017 ( yeah I know)
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Monte Bello 2017 ( yeah I know)

I bought more of the '17 than I really need and was thinking of popping one early. I think I'll wait - I've got more well aged MBs than I really need too!
by M. Dildine
March 29th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah

Another outstanding A-R syrah is "Que Syrah," Sonoma Coast.
by M. Dildine
March 29th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah

R-C does a great job with Syrah and don’t forget their Pinot, Chardonnay and the legendary Lemorel Zin.

Some other Syrahs I enjoy are Arnot-Roberts “Clary,” Rhys “Horseshoe” and Stolo “Estate” (Cambria). Scherrer and Dehlinger do great work with Syrah.
by M. Dildine
March 26th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 1980

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

2017 North Coast Zinfandel. A very challenging vintage on the North Coast, but most of the Zins I’ve tasted have been excellent.
by M. Dildine
March 15th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3110

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

What Ian Brand is doing about the winery closure: Dear friends, As of this afternoon, Sunday, March 15, at 4pm our Carmel Valley tasting room is temporarily closed following the order announced by Governor Newsom. We hope for the health and safety of all and a quick resolution to the current public ...
by M. Dildine
March 8th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 2896

Re: Zin recommendations?

A couple of old school Zin purveyors - Biale (many old Napa vineyards) and A. Rafanelli (DCV).
by M. Dildine
March 3rd, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5207

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

Scherrer OMV and Bedrock Old Vine are in the $20 range.
by M. Dildine
February 25th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Austin Bbq Trip Report
Replies: 20
Views: 766

Re: Austin Bbq Trip Report

Great job Dennis. My old standby was Saltlick, but it’s been a while. When are you doing Austin TexMex?

I have family and dear friends in Austin. Need to get back there. Soon!
by M. Dildine
February 24th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4276

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

Jim Burk and Francine Haight have now added several dozen photos from Friday and Saturday's events so you can see them on Facebook if you want to click the link below. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1390241461006038/ Still working on the final results but for sure, the front door tickets raised ju...
by M. Dildine
February 23rd, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bedrock Oakville Farmhouse - Wowser
Replies: 11
Views: 1041

Re: TN: 2014 Bedrock Oakville Farmhouse - Wowser

Great notes. One of my very favorite wines from Bedrock, this wine is as distinctive as it is delicious.
by M. Dildine
February 11th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 2243

Re: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer

This offering I went Mt. Pajaro (which I’ve tasted and really like), and Skyline, a longstanding favorite.
by M. Dildine
February 11th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 5
Views: 427

Re: Desire Lines Spring 2020 Release

Siun o'Connell wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Immediately ordered 6 Riesling as they were great last time ... a bit overstocked on reds so resisting (though tempted) on the rest.

I love their wines!
I do too, and those Rieslings are terrific!
by M. Dildine
February 11th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 575

TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/11/2020) 12.8% abv. Dark ruby, very expressive aromatics. Ripe plum, white pepper, a bit of saddle leather and olive, lifted with an appealing floral element. Very deep, rich and intense. This is great Sy...
by M. Dildine
February 9th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3168

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

Adam Frisch wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Oh, it's definitely a bit out of favor. Hipster somm's won't touch it and the farmers can't sell their Zin fruit.
Thanks for the hipster perspectives Adam! [wink.gif]
by M. Dildine
February 3rd, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming
Replies: 18
Views: 1349

Re: 70th Birthday Bash for Bob Fleming

Happy birthday Mr. Fleming!
by M. Dildine
February 3rd, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2392

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

10/10. Definitely not 11/11. What’s Van Weidlich? Von Weidlich is now called Lemorel, the estate vineyard of Eric Sussman's Radio Coteau winery. It is a Sonoma Coast appellation old vine zin planted in the 40s, that produces absolutely stunning wines. I tasted the '15 last night. This cool climate ...
by M. Dildine
February 2nd, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2392

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

Ed Steinway wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 6:29 pm
I am surprised that Whitton Ranch is not on the list, as well as Lytton Springs. Otherwise, I am 10/10 for trying wines from those vineyards.
Agreed Ed.
by M. Dildine
February 2nd, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1701

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

2017 Williams Selyem "Saitone" Zinfandel
2015 Radio Coteau "Lemorel" Zinfandel

Snake River Wagu steaks.

49ers manage to control line of scrimmage on both sides and win by 3.

GO NINERS!!!
by M. Dildine
January 31st, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229938

Re: Official Costco Thread

My local Costco is still keeping some of the 2008 Cristal in their will call secure area. Every damn time I shop, I pass that window, look into that small room and see the damn yellow plastic wrapped bottles staring back at me. I've walked past the window the past few months but I think one more is...
by M. Dildine
January 13th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2296

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Excellent notes Frankie - thanks! My wife and I tasted the Bearwallow Blancs de Blancs over the holidays and I generally agree with your assessment. The wine has a distinctive fruity sweetness that (at least at this juncture) masks complexity. That said, this sparkler is enjoyable and celebratory in...
by M. Dildine
January 7th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hard season in Paris.
Replies: 22
Views: 2419

Re: Hard season in Paris.

Highlights why Public Unions can't be allowed to exist. Unions for private companies are fine, if the Union pushes too hard the company goes out of business and no jobs, if the Company pushes too hard the employees move to a different company or industry and the Company goes under. With Public Unio...
by M. Dildine
January 6th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 88
Views: 4534

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Jon, I learned about Bedrock Wine Co. from reading an online article that quoted Mike Officer, saying something to the effect Mike, while touring the vineyard with Morgan, was 'brought to tears upon first seeing Bedrock Vineyard's old vines.' Here is another under new the radar winery worth note - S...
by M. Dildine
January 6th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Aeris Carricante '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: TN: Aeris Carricante '16...(short/boring)

Sipping this wine as I type. Expresses savory, salty, floral and sweet simultaneously. So much life to this wine. Not sure I recall a balanced white wine with this much going on. Fascinating and delicious.
by M. Dildine
January 3rd, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montecillo Vineyard Sonoma
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: Montecillo Vineyard Sonoma

Add Turley and Carlisle to the list. The vines are about a half century old and the fruit previously went into the old Kenwood “Artist Series.”

Outstanding vineyard!
by M. Dildine
December 31st, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2185

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Under the Wire "Bedrock Vineyard."

OK, it's not Champagne ... California sparkling wine ...
by M. Dildine
December 31st, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11487

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Andrew Coll wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 10:30 am
Bedrock
Sojourn
Carlisle
Rafanelli
Turley
newhere
Welcome Andrew, you are clearly a man of exemplary taste!
by M. Dildine
December 29th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1799

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

I'm not much of a hipster, so this was the best I could do: 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County 12/27/2019 - I LIKE THIS WINE: 94 points Old vine Mourvèdre from one of the world’s great vineyards. 13.3% abv. Dark ruby, expressive aromatics. Raspberry and re...
by M. Dildine
December 27th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11487

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

I’ll probably buy some Zinfandel.
by M. Dildine
December 18th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Aeris Carricante '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: TN: Aeris Carricante '16...(short/boring)

Nice note Tom - I’ve tasted this wine and strongly relate to your assessment.
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release
Replies: 11
Views: 1174

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release

Got em in Pobega status after a 2 hr double decant: Spicy crunchy black cherry bites u in the ass. Mid palate pop with vibrance and clean sheer. Subtle green olive with bright white pepper. Tigers in lily patches, rhinos in thunder. This hits. Get some Awwww yeah! Thank you- (bonus points for Tube ...
by M. Dildine
December 13th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LF - Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Large Format
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: LF - Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Large Format

Hank Victor wrote:
December 13th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Probably one of the more random listings on Commerce Corner but I am looking for a large format bottle of Black Chicken.

Any vintage is fine. Please PM with offers.

Thanks
Hank, have you checked with the winery?
by M. Dildine
November 28th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5339

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

And thanks to my younger daughter for figuring out how to post a photo ;^) Pinot #2 is the 2017 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvée - this is young, with a woodsy note on the nose. Tighter on the palate, lighter-bodied, and a lot of potential for further development here. Bob, can you have your daughter cal...
by M. Dildine
November 28th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5339

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

IMG_0042.jpeg 2013 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block From vines planted in 1969. 14.5% abv. Deep burgundy red, expressive aromas. On the palate, cherry, ripe plum, spicebox and a touch of cedar. A rich, deep Pinot with a lingering aftertaste. Still improving - I've had this wine on numerous occasio...
by M. Dildine
November 11th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2944

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Great tasting and notes! Thanks guys.
by M. Dildine
November 8th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2802

Re: Shipping companies hates me

dave kammerer wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 2:04 pm
I always tip my UPS and Fedex delivery persons. Never a problem.
I do too. We're on the best of terms and I get fantastic service.
by M. Dildine
November 7th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 25
Views: 1418

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

All three restaurants in the Four Seasons are really good, including the Asian fusion restaurant proximate to the lobby. We also liked the funky little Thai restaurant a couple of blocks from the Hotel.
by M. Dildine
October 29th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3723

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Zin is now one of the few CA varietals that I drink regularly. I’ve become an insufferable French wine snob so most CA versions of Pinot, Chard, Syrah and Cab are just too rich for me — speaking generally. But I do like leaner Zins because no one else in the world makes them. Not counting Primitivo...
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: 2962

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: 11406
Views: 426377

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: 576

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: 576

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: 576

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 and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs -TRIP REPORT ADDED
Replies: 17
Views: 929

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: 540

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: 842

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: 1312

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!

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