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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: 2147

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: 21
Views: 1756

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: 74
Views: 3546

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: 1084

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: 753

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: 2059

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: 100
Views: 6454

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

Andrew Coll wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 10:30 am
Bedrock
Sojourn
Carlisle
Rafanelli
Turley
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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: 1710

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: 100
Views: 6454

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: 1084

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: 1118

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: 189

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: 5090

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: 5090

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: 2825

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: 2666

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: 1134

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: 3657

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: 2902

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: 11208
Views: 412803

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: 568

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: 568

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: 568

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: 908

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: 530

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: 828

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: 1293

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: 1103

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: 6381

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: 1103

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: 534

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: 881

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: 4786

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 143
Views: 8076

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: 1461

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: 2075

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 3335

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: 516

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: 881

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 2533

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: 416

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: 5904

Re: Rhys Hillsides

I'll be buying.

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