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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: 7
Views: 266

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 34
Views: 1680

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: 348

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: 64
Views: 4291

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: 1185

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: 358
Views: 25135

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: 8
Views: 413

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: 1594

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: 29
Views: 1890

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: 314

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: 6017

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: 84
Views: 3264

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: 6017

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: Dinner in Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys and SCM
Replies: 53
Views: 1581

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: 6017

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: 3249

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: 263

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: 1336

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: 107
Views: 5827

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: 107
Views: 5827

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: 107
Views: 5827

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...
by M. Dildine
July 10th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 107
Views: 5827

Re: Downstream Wines

76% zin? [wow.gif] Yeah, I know. Wish it was more! may be entering into unchartered territory charging $200ish/750ml for a zin based wine I have no idea how these will be priced, but the limited quantities, premium vineyards, all-star production team and packaging (3 750s and 1 mag in a wooden box)...
by M. Dildine
July 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 107
Views: 5827

Re: Downstream Wines

jordan whitehead wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:05 pm
76% zin? [wow.gif]
Yeah, I know. Wish it was more!
by M. Dildine
July 6th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?

An artist friend of mine is sculpting (he lives in Big Sur) in a ghost town called Darwin, which lies on the western portion of the Great Basin near Death Valley, about 50 miles from the epicenter. He said he got a "good shake" last night but no serious damage. If he lives in one of those subterran...
by M. Dildine
July 6th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?

An artist friend of mine is sculpting (he lives in Big Sur) in a ghost town called Darwin, which lies on the western portion of the Great Basin near Death Valley, about 50 miles from the epicenter. He said he got a "good shake" last night but no serious damage.
by M. Dildine
July 4th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2014

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

I'll see if I can find a Zinfandel to open.
by M. Dildine
July 2nd, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 7-1-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1390

Re: Impressions 7-1-19

Another strong thumbs up for Stolo!
by M. Dildine
June 29th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Copain Hawks Butte Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: TN: 2014 Copain Hawks Butte Syrah

I'm just about, if not completely out, of Copain Syrah. Loved the Hawks and especially the Brosseau. In the early days was a big fan of James Berry. Wells has a great touch with the variety.
by M. Dildine
June 26th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest field blend wines?
Replies: 55
Views: 2496

Re: Greatest field blend wines?

So many of the vineyards planted around the turn of the 20th Century were mixed black field blends. Great ones mentioned, but the classic may be Old Hill Ranch in the Sonoma Valley. A Bedrock version will be available soon.
by M. Dildine
June 21st, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah

Great note Rich - thanks!
by M. Dildine
June 20th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1714

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Frank Murray III wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 3:40 pm
After over 1000 views and several posts of support, of LOVE, I can now assert that "Pisoni gets love here". The world has been saved.
Glad you cleared that up Frankie — damn right!
by M. Dildine
June 19th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HOUSTON WINE LIST
Replies: 15
Views: 1571

Re: HOUSTON WINE LIST

I haven't lived in Houston in over 15 years, but not surprised that Pappa's wine list gets the nod here. Very extensive with prized, high-end options. With a price to match.
by M. Dildine
June 19th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some history about Williams Selyem 1981-1997
Replies: 6
Views: 682

Re: Some history about Williams Selyem 1981-1997

Thanks Blake! I wasn't in on the formative Ed and Burt years, but I'm familiar with the current ownership/operations. John Dyson (owner) and Jeff Mangahas (winemaking) are a team worthy of the WS legacy, IMO. One of my favorite wineries to follow and drink. Special props to John Dyson for what he is...
by M. Dildine
June 19th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill

Nice Mike - appreciate the note! I have very little experience with these wines, but I wonder if they're actually better in their youth....as the 2004 I opened not long ago was absolute fire (not in a good way....think gasoline and a lit match). 14.8% alcohol Rich, no detectable alcohol at this poi...
by M. Dildine
June 18th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1714

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

I talk about them, and I still buy them, vintage after vintage. I have since 2003. Like with several other producers here on the Board that have been doing it well for some time, they are part of the rhythm of people's cellars, their tastings, etc. Lots of things are not talked around here like the...
by M. Dildine
June 18th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 403

TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill

2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (6/18/2019) 14.8% abv. Light straw, very aromatic. From vines planted in the late 19th Century. Peaches, pear, and a lovely lavender floral element. Nice mouthfeel, excellent depth, length and inte...
by M. Dildine
June 17th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1708

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Upon returning from U.S. Open (curtesy of visiting son), we drank '14 Saxum Paderewski and '16 Turley Ueberroth. It was a great Father's Day!
by M. Dildine
June 6th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4170

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

not to be Nathan here, but many of the wines mentioned are as stupidly priced as DRC now is. I got an offer for 99 Roumier Bonnes Mares today for $4000 per bottle. I paid about $110 on release. If I were buying: Arnoux Suchots. Grand cru quality. I'd like to see price tags attached to these recomme...
by M. Dildine
June 4th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10673
Views: 368432

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

‘17 Geyserville. A righteous young Geezer.

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