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by Tom DeBiase
August 13th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1616

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

A great visit to a Napa Winery making TRADITIONAL style wines is Frogs Leap.

Your wife can bring back some wines that YOU will like :)

Located right in the middle of the valley.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 12th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Fête Blanc At Barndiva Garden August 18, 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: PSA: Fête Blanc At Barndiva Garden August 18, 2019

Ken Zinns wrote:
August 12th, 2019, 11:40 am
Sounds like this will be a fun event. I won't be able to make it that day but hopefully we'll see some notes on the wines here afterwards.
Same here Ken, can't make this one. Hopefully a Berserker or two will attend and give their impressions back on the Board.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 11th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Fête Blanc At Barndiva Garden August 18, 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 236

PSA: Fête Blanc At Barndiva Garden August 18, 2019

If anyone in the Bay Area is interested The annual Fête Blanc is at Barndiva in Healdsburg on August 18, 2019. There are a lot (over 35) quality wineries pouring their white wines at this event. We went a couple of years ago and had a great time. Nice opportunity to taste just about every variety of...
by Tom DeBiase
August 11th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 52
Views: 1135

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

One fun bottling is Julien Guillot's Cuvée 910 - Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir, and possibly some other things, made as Julien imagines the monks who first cultivated his estate made their wines. The 2018 is fleshy and delicious. Thanks for the tip William. Reading a bit about this Cuvée it sounds ...
by Tom DeBiase
August 10th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 52
Views: 1135

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Adam, here is one that is different and delicious. It is called "Feints" from Ruth Lewandowski Wines. Evan Lewandowski is adept at making unusual blends that just work! Here is a description straight from the website: "Working at once with all of the Piedmontese varieties found at Fox Hill, Feints i...
by Tom DeBiase
August 10th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 1986

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

If one reads the interview the impression might be that Ridge made a decision on a tasting they did in Bordeaux 100 years ago and in Cupertino Heights almost fifty years ago. I would assure interested parties that they do all kinds of tastings. Indeed one of my regrets about my retirement from Tara...
by Tom DeBiase
August 10th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Birichino Malvasia Bianca
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: TN: 2017 Birichino Malvasia Bianca

Nice note Rich. After a recent tasting of Croatian Malvasia this bottle of Brichino Is on my radar. Though not exactly the same grape it looks like the Birichino has similar flavor and structure characteristics.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 9th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 52
Views: 1787

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

So.. my vineyard is surrounded by cannabis growers on all sides. These grows have been operating for over 10 years now. The odor in the fall is STRONG. I have never smelled or tasted even the slightest hint of cannabis related characters in my wine. I am a licensed cannabis grower as well. So you m...
by Tom DeBiase
August 9th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 67
Views: 3113

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

I am sooooo out of storage but could not resist. 2018 + Hardy = Awesome.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 67
Views: 3113

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

Shay, haven’t tasted them, being 2018’s I bet they are all awesome. If I absolutely had to pick one it would have to be Rodnick (formerly Antle). Maybe Hardy will jump back in and give his thoughts.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Ken, thanks for the clarification. Not having sampled the California Bianca I wonder how it compares to Istriana.

Seems to me it might make for another tasting theme [cheers.gif]

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Great Notes...

Great notes, Tom. Wish I could have been there. Great lineup of wines that Thomas put together. I love Malvasia d'Istriana. Distinctly Muscat, but less candied/tutti-fruity/obnoxious than the usual Muscat. Obviously a grape they should be planting all up&down the Coast of Calif. Do you know if anyo...
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Great Notes...

Great notes, Tom. Wish I could have been there. Great lineup of wines that Thomas put together. I love Malvasia d'Istriana. Distinctly Muscat, but less candied/tutti-fruity/obnoxious than the usual Muscat. Obviously a grape they should be planting all up&down the Coast of Calif. Do you know if anyo...
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: Wines from a California old wines & old vines dinner in Oakland

Very cool write up and photos Ken. That is one eclectic group of wines!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 52
Views: 1787

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

What chemicals produce the smell of a field of cannabis and where do they come from? If they are present in the air to stimulate our sense of smell, why can't they land on the skin of a grape? David, there are numerous chemical odors that a cannabis field would emit. Ironically many are the same co...
by Tom DeBiase
August 7th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Thanks Greg, I can see why that Kozlovic Malvasia was a go to wine. Look forward to your other notes. If I can ask, can you include a few notes about your vacation in general. We have been thinking about a Croatia - Slovenia vacation next year and the Sunday School tasting did nothing to stop our p...
by Tom DeBiase
August 7th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Harmony Lane
Replies: 2
Views: 176

TN: 2015 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Harmony Lane

I remember tasting a sample this a few years ago and liked it. It was light to medium body, mainly red fruited cherry cranberry, some floral and spice notes. Also had an acid backbone which is what I like in Pinot Noir. Fast forward a few years. Had this a week ago and it has changed but not for the...
by Tom DeBiase
August 7th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Nice write-up Tom. We just got back from a trip to Croatia where we drank some similar wines. The Kozlovic Malvasia was a go-to wine for several lunches on the beach. I hope to put up some notes on the wines we drank later this week. Greg Thanks Greg, I can see why that Kozlovic Malvasia was a go t...
by Tom DeBiase
August 6th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Ken, yes Evan is now making his wine at the same facility in Geyserville where Idlewild, Ryme etc are making their wine. I saw on FB a couple days ago that Evan officially released his wines. I believe there are three wines being released.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 6th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Thanks for the notes on this tasting, Tom. I was really tempted to head up to Healdsburg for this but I knew I was going to be a bit too busy that day to make the drive up from Oakland and back. I've had a few of these wines before - I've enjoyed both the Šipun Žlahtina and the Sansigot, and both (...
by Tom DeBiase
August 6th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Re: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

And of course I forgot one. I knew there were 12 wines not 11 :) 2016 Sipun Zlahtina Island of Krk Kvarner : A touch reduced at first but dissipated quickly. Citrus fruit, very floral, smoky, minty, moderate acidity, had a slight bitter Campari like note. This was drinking very well and seemed to ha...
by Tom DeBiase
August 6th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 505

Idlewild Sunday School: An Introduction to Croatia. Aug 4, 2019

Idlewild Sunday School veered slightly to the East this month to the wines of Croatia and like several other Sunday School tastings this one opened my eyes to what Croatia is producing. Have occasionally had Croatian wines before but not in this depth and breadth of wines. It was a packed house wit...
by Tom DeBiase
August 5th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1955

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

For me some of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The difference in site expression in regards to flavor, structure, texture e.tc is remarkable.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 5th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Edmunds St. John Syrah (USA, California)
Replies: 11
Views: 438

Re: TN: 1995 Edmunds St. John Syrah (USA, California)

Thanks David, enjoy reading notes on ESJ wines young and old!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 4th, 2019, 11:10 am
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

What is so funny to me is many of the same people who complained about the sycophants on the Squires Board are doing a pretty good job of doing the same in this thread.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 4th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: TN: 1999 Querciabella Chianti Classico Riserva

Lovely note, looks to have been perfect with the steak. Thanks for sharing.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 2nd, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon Etc

Navarro Vineyards : The barrel tasting consisted of three Pinot Noirs and similar to Foursight showed different texture and flavors based on concentration and barrel regimen. The tasting took place in the barrel room up the hill away from the main building and tasting room. As with virtually all Na...
by Tom DeBiase
August 2nd, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon Etc

Tom It was great to connect and have a longer conversation than those usually brief words while dropping off wine. The Roussanne was a 2018, bottled in early July and our first estate white. Given it was picked October 29th at 19.5b we were a little concerned about the wine. Amazingly at 11.5% alc ...
by Tom DeBiase
August 2nd, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Martini CabSauv Sonoma '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: TN: Martini CabSauv Sonoma '15...(short/boring)

Tom, your note reads like Gallo accomplished exactly the wine they were after. I would bet that in a blind tasting this wine would be preferred compared to many wines costing 3-5 times as much.

Having wines punch above their price point is something Gallo excels at every level.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 1st, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon Etc

Ken, we did have a really good time. As you know the Anderson Valley is laid back and gorgeous once you get going on 128. Foursight and Halcon were the highlights of the day. Just those two stops were close to two hours. The weather was perfect, we have been there when it is broiling, that day it wa...
by Tom DeBiase
August 1st, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added

We did something a couple weeks ago we haven't done in 20 years, go to a Barrel Tasting Weekend Event. It was held in the Yorkville Highlands - Anderson Valley and since we had not been up there in a couple years it gave us the opportunity see an area that is beautiful and relatively undeveloped com...
by Tom DeBiase
July 30th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Odds&Ends Calif Wines...(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: TN: More Odds&Ends Calif Wines...(long/boring)

Thanks For the notes Tom. We wanted to go to the Harrington Open House yesterday but got sidetracked in the morning and couldn’t make it. From their e-mail the Open House included several library wines as well as the current set of wines. Oh well another time. Was hoping that it was attended by a Bo...
by Tom DeBiase
July 28th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs
Replies: 65
Views: 2681

Re: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs

My best advice is to try as many different wine varieties as possible. California is doing amazing things with less common grapes from France, Spain, Italy etc etc. You already have a sweet spot for Pinot Noir, give others a try. Here are a couple threads to help you out in your quest to try other w...
by Tom DeBiase
July 25th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: TN: 2018 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Thanks for the note David. I need to try the Chardonnay, sounds appealing. Have had a couple vintages of the Annia blend and enjoyed them.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 25th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Radikon, Gravner, Idlewild Sunday School July 7
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Radikon, Gravner, Idlewild Sunday School July 7

2015 Miani Friulano "Filip" : Herbal, white flowers, spicy aromas. Bruised Ripe apple, Bosc pear, herbal, grassy and finished with some dried pineapple notes. Medium acidity, this is a full bodied wine made to drink now. Not a wine for the cellar IMO. Your note got me worried, so I cracked open Mia...
by Tom DeBiase
July 24th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Radikon, Gravner, Idlewild Sunday School July 7
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Radikon, Gravner, Idlewild Sunday School July 7

I apologize for the late notes, July has been a crazy busy month. The July Idlewild Sunday School saw the "big hitters" of Friuli all on the stage together. It made for an interesting comparison. These wines are not straight down the middle wines. Some push the limits of wine and its up to each indi...
by Tom DeBiase
July 23rd, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 1820

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

My glass came from Roscioli, in Rome. Now I have no idea which version I had. 95% you had a young vines wine. In terms of which of the young vines wines, you will never know. They do not blend the vats. So in reality there are several different young vine wines, and several old vine wines. The good...
by Tom DeBiase
July 22nd, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8177

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Very sad, going to miss his enthusiasm.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 21st, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Thanks David, Trousseau in general and Sandlands Trousseau in particular are some of the most under appreciated wines around. The combo of fruit, texture and "energy" make this one of our most versatile food wines. I just wish I owned more of it :)

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 55
Views: 2014

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Loring Wine Company in Buellton.
by Tom DeBiase
July 17th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1022

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

The Valentini Cerasurolo wines always grab my attention. The 2016 version is lovely!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 15th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 13
Views: 1303

Re: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello

Thanks Roy, how did the oak fit in your tasting. I see no mention of it. Totally integrated?, there but not a factor?

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 15th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13584

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Parker should wait out his non-compete. Start a small, critical review of Bordeaux. Paper only. Surface mail delivery only. Call it, "The Bordeaux Report." Make it folksy. Everything old, is new again. I have no dog in this fight and could care less but that is one hell of an idea and my guess is i...
by Tom DeBiase
July 15th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13584

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Parker should wait out his non-compete. Start a small, critical review of Bordeaux. Paper only. Surface mail delivery only. Call it, "The Bordeaux Report." Make it folksy. Everything old, is new again. I have no dog in this fight and could care less but that is one hell of an idea and my guess is i...
by Tom DeBiase
July 15th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 48
Views: 2034

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

We make pizza often, actually my pizza wizard wife does. After living in NJ all our lives she decided that California pizza just doesn't cut it. Actually it sucks big time :). She changed that by making her own. Our go to pizza wine is Idlewild Fauna and Flora Red Wine . The combo of early picked Do...
by Tom DeBiase
July 14th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 48
Views: 2407

Re: Wines of Etna

in the past week I've had two beautiful Etna Rossi (TNs below), and I want to ask the wine-mind for more suggestions from this place with similar style. These wines just nail it on the type of wine I love: light on its feet, strong acid backbones, bright red fruit notes, solid structure. Anyone hav...
by Tom DeBiase
July 10th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: TN: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard

Holy moly, Tom, that pork chop looks amazing. BFPC, for sure! Love Ceritas. I agree it's hard to wait on them! [cheers.gif] Ceritas (chard and pinot) always goes well with so many types of food and yes they are hard to resist. That pork chop was a perfect medium, juicy and flavorful. Ate till stuff...
by Tom DeBiase
July 10th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 401

TN: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard

Ceritas gets a lot of good press on their Chardonnay but IMO the Pinot Noirs are every bit as good. Like the chards they come from some of the premiere vineyards in Northern California. They are also complex and age very well. At dinner a few nights ago: 2014 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Viney...
by Tom DeBiase
July 9th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2795

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Frogs Leap for classic style Napa Wines. Their 2016 Estate Cab is a good example, beautiful balanced flavors at 13.8% ABV. Huge bonus is the wines are sensibly priced.

https://www.frogsleap.com/

Tom

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