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by dsimmons
March 1st, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 442

TN: 2004 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2004 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/1/2017) Delicious mature Cab and an amazing QPR wine. Inky dark color. On the nose black cherry, earth, graphite and earth. On the palate dark fruits, eucalyptus, spice, chocolate, graphite, iron and licorice. Still som...
by dsimmons
March 1st, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four TamarackCllrs Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 445

TN: Four TamarackCllrs Reds...(short/boring)

Tom

IN my limited experience with Walla Walla Nebbiolo I found the Washington wines to be much more approachable and fruitier than old world nebbiolo wines.
by dsimmons
February 28th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seafood gumbo tonight- what to pair with it?
Replies: 29
Views: 956

Seafood gumbo tonight- what to pair with it?

Riesling. The spicier the Gumbo the sweeter the Riesling.
by dsimmons
February 25th, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner with Friends (Salon, Scarecrow, Ducru, Rhys+)
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

TN: Dinner with Friends (Salon, Scarecrow, Ducru, Rhys+)

Bdklein wrote:
dsimmons wrote:Hi Loren,

Thank you for the notes. I have been holding 3 of the Scarecrows. Sounds like there is no rush on these.
Except you never know what life brings so maybe time to open one of them .

Agreed, will queue up # 1 for this year.
by dsimmons
February 25th, 2017, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker
Replies: 37
Views: 1882

Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker

Regardless of what you think of the 07s, you should be able to understand the responses of who disagree easily enough. They are distinctive wines. Some people will think they are distinctively bad, others distinctively good. The idea that anyone will be able to prove one of these positions to someo...
by dsimmons
February 25th, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dinner with Friends (Salon, Scarecrow, Ducru, Rhys+)
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

TN: Dinner with Friends (Salon, Scarecrow, Ducru, Rhys+)

Hi Loren,

Thank you for the notes. I have been holding 3 of the Scarecrows. Sounds like there is no rush on these.
by dsimmons
February 24th, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker
Replies: 37
Views: 1882

Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker

I am a big fan of CdP and also of the '07's. Just really started drinking the '07's but so far I have not been disappointed.
by dsimmons
February 24th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 19
Views: 883

TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Mike,

I have been buying Geyserville and Lytton Springs for over 10 years. Consistently good. I always try to hold back a few for 10+ years for a special treat.
by dsimmons
February 23rd, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Price of 2016 Monte Bello Futures Rises to $115
Replies: 102
Views: 5637

Price of 2016 Monte Bello Futures Rises to $115

I have been a buyer since 2007. Because of my age these are becoming legacy buys. Probably getting to the point that I should stop buying these long agers.
by dsimmons
February 20th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How old were you when you started collecting wine?
Replies: 135
Views: 5400

How old were you when you started collecting wine?

I was in my 40's when I migrated from Scotch to wine. It would have been a lot cheaper to stick with Scotch!
by dsimmons
February 20th, 2017, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Ravenswood Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard. WOW!!
Replies: 20
Views: 914

TN: 1994 Ravenswood Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard. WOW!!

Gotta love those older zins from good producers. They gain an elegance that can be amazing. Most of my 10+ year old zins have been from Ridge but also a few from Ravenswood and Carlisle.
by dsimmons
February 5th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 CdP is disgusting
Replies: 364
Views: 20634

2007 CdP is disgusting

As a fan of CdP and one who actually likes the '07 I took a look at some cellar tracker data to evaluate a broader cross section of the wines tasted by A So. the following tabulation shows the wine, the cellar tracker average score, the number of cellar tracker raters and the position of the '07 vin...
by dsimmons
February 5th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub-$30 Cellar Worthy Wines From Around the World
Replies: 66
Views: 4402

Sub-$30 Cellar Worthy Wines From Around the World

My advice would be to exercise patience. If you pick strong vintages you can find a lot of age worthy sub $30 bottles. I also recommend a bias toward smaller numbers of bottles. It should be a screaming deal before you buy a case. In my case as my cellar and my tastes evolve I find myself reaching f...
by dsimmons
February 2nd, 2017, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 34
Views: 2749

TN: 2007 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

I have been buying the futures since '07 but have not drank any yet. Sounds like i should put one of my 07's in the queue?
by dsimmons
February 1st, 2017, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Customer Service
Replies: 17
Views: 2239

CellarTracker Customer Service

Cellar Tracker Love Pile-on. It is a great site and IMHO a must for anyone serious about wine.
by dsimmons
February 1st, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you waited too long to drink
Replies: 71
Views: 3559

Wines you waited too long to drink

I certainly have had a few bottles that were tired and the fruit was faded and not replaced by anything else. Quite frankly though, my overall experience has been just the opposite with my last bottle of a wine showing best of lot. IMHO drinking windows are generally underestimated, especially on do...
by dsimmons
January 28th, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx nightmare, a cautionary tale
Replies: 29
Views: 2977

FedEx nightmare, a cautionary tale

Knock on Wood... I have never had a single bottle damaged by fedex or ups over a period of 15 years and 6000+ bottles. My biggest fears have been heat damage because of how they sometimes route the wine. The situation that you describe sounds very bizarre,
by dsimmons
January 26th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellartracker Fun! What were You Drinking 10 Years Ago?
Replies: 63
Views: 2326

Cellartracker Fun! What were You Drinking 10 Years Ago?

Interesting exercise. Some things change, some things remain the same. 2005 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Gris Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/27/2007) I am not a big pinot gris drinker but this one was probably te best I have had. Very enjoyable wine. Think I ...
by dsimmons
January 13th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 outpost cabs
Replies: 4
Views: 792

2014 outpost cabs

Outpost makes great cabs. I will be on the lookout for the offer.
by dsimmons
January 13th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Paul Autard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Cote Ronde" (France, Southern Rhône, CdP)
Replies: 8
Views: 664

TN: 2005Paul Autard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Cote Ronde" (France, Southern Rhône, CdP)

The two of these I have drunk were excellent. One was in '13 and the last one was in '15. One bottle remaining but I am in no rush.
by dsimmons
January 13th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Quilceda Creek Cab Offering live
Replies: 43
Views: 2722

2014 Quilceda Creek Cab Offering live

GregT wrote:

So lot of people don't love QC, a lot do, and it doesn't matter. If you love it, go for it!

Exactly! It never ceases to baffle me when someone lectures another about what they should like or not like.
by dsimmons
January 12th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Quilceda Creek Cab Offering live
Replies: 43
Views: 2722

2014 Quilceda Creek Cab Offering live

One of my favorite producers. I am in for a case.
by dsimmons
January 11th, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winter Wineland (Sonoma County)
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Winter Wineland (Sonoma County)

Ferrai Carano is worth a visit for the Gardens. On occasion they have some nice Cab based wine in the reserve room You already have Siduri. I've enjoyed a lot of their pinot. Zicichi makes a nice Petite Sirah but it needs cellar time to be very good If you are near Santa Rosa i would recommend setti...
by dsimmons
January 11th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is California's Next Big Region?
Replies: 56
Views: 4314

What is California's Next Big Region?

I am not very well versed on CA geography or land ownership but it seem to me that the Area where Calera has their winery and vineyards is under utilized. I mean they are out in the middle of nowhere with very few other wineries around. I love their wines and would think others would be looking at t...
by dsimmons
January 11th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Subscribe to Parket / WA?
Replies: 17
Views: 780

Do You Subscribe to Parket / WA?

I have been a subscriber for about 20 years. Useful reference for me since almost 100% of wine must be purchased "blind". I use WA and Cellar Tracker to make buying decisions. Tech support leaves a lot to be desired. They just upgraded their software so maybe tech support will improve.
by dsimmons
January 11th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines
Replies: 1
Views: 168

TN: 2005 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines

2005 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/11/2017) Drank my first bottle of this last evening with a pork roast dinner. The wine was superb and best CdP I have had in a while. Beautiful right from the opening, and retaining it...
by dsimmons
January 10th, 2017, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domestic Pinot 2 Part Question
Replies: 36
Views: 2224

Domestic Pinot 2 Part Question

[quote="Alex G"]Following up and closing the loop here. Our trip is this weekend.



If you are going this weekend you might want to pack hipwaders!
by dsimmons
January 9th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Carlisle Two Acres (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 378

TN: 2012 Carlisle Two Acres (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I prefer these with a bit more age. I think the last one I drank was an '08
by dsimmons
January 8th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah & Cabernet Franc
Replies: 15
Views: 989

Petite Sirah & Cabernet Franc

For me Petite Sirah is a varietal that benefits greatly from cellaring. Most of the bottles I have drunk have been 8+ years from vintage. Producers that I have enjoyed include Carlisle, Outpost, Sean Thackrey, Rosenblum and Zichichi. Young bottles are commonly tannic and disjointed.

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