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#1 Post by Bob Hunnicutt » November 18th, 2014, 12:33 pm

I set out an '08 Storybook Est Resv. Might be a spaghetti and meatballs night.

Best holiday of the year, after Nat'l Garlic Day in April :)

Maybe this will give you some ideas ...

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#2 Post by JDonner » November 18th, 2014, 1:42 pm

Ridge doing a free shipping offer on $100+ Purchases.
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#3 Post by David Welch » November 18th, 2014, 2:28 pm

Hey Bob, actually had one of your Zins last winter. Didn't put 2 & 2 together until now.
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#4 Post by Peter Petersen » November 18th, 2014, 2:47 pm

Carlisle is arriving tomorrow, but I also have Turley and Bedrock from recent deliveries. All the older stuff is at off-site and I won't get there until the weekend.
I think I'll pop a '12 Carlisle Papera.

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#5 Post by Bob Hunnicutt » November 18th, 2014, 2:49 pm

David Welch wrote:Hey Bob, actually had one of your Zins last winter. Didn't put 2 & 2 together until now.
I guess I need a disclaimer in my sig. You're the 2nd person in a week to assume Hunnicutt Wine is mine. Actually, the owner Justin, took the name from his mother's side of the family. So the bastard stole my name and it isn't even his! Guess my kids will have to come up with something else if they ever get there.

Anyway, their wines have pretty nice structure though last time I was there it was mostly the 2011s and they were lacking a bit. But I've been buying them just so I can fool ppl into thinking I've done something successful with my life. LOL
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#6 Post by Tom Lee » November 18th, 2014, 7:59 pm

I'm in. Planning on opening a Turley Hayne for #ZinDay.

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#7 Post by ncostanzo1 » November 18th, 2014, 10:19 pm

-1 for not realizing the day was upon us and +1 for joining in? I'm even! :)
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#8 Post by TomHill » November 19th, 2014, 9:44 am

JDonner wrote:Ridge doing a free shipping offer on $100+ Purchases.

And 20% discount for ClubMembers for 12+ btls or more. Offer goes thru Sun. Makes for very attractive prices.
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I think the '12 Ridge Zins are some of their best in some time. Especially the Jimsomare.

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#9 Post by Thomas Keim » November 19th, 2014, 10:18 am

Going to open a completely out of control DOBRA ZEMLJA Zinfandel tonight from Amador County -
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#10 Post by TomHill » November 19th, 2014, 10:33 am

Thomas Keim wrote:Going to open a completely out of control DOBRA ZEMLJA Zinfandel tonight from Amador County -
Gasp....."out of control", Thomas. I am shocked that anybody would describe one of Milan's wines like that!!! [snort.gif]

You're right...not wines for wusses. Many yrs ago, I did a visit w/ Milan at DZ. Nice visit/charming guy.
As he walked me to my car in the parking lot, he noticed my fencing epee lying on the back seat. He immediately
launched onto tales of his sabre fencing days of his youth. I got my epee out & he started swinging it around like a sabre
(that was soooo ugly), demonstrating his moves, rekindling his youth I suppose. After about a 20 min digression into the sabre
world of Milan's, he noticed my rear tire was a bit low. He immediately retrieved his air compressor from the wnry, ran an
extension out to the parking lot, and filled my tire back up and sent me on my way with the admonishment to keep
my eye on that tire.
Only in Amador. You don't get those kind of experiences at RobertMondavi or Inglenook.
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#11 Post by Thomas Keim » November 19th, 2014, 10:42 am

TomHill wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:Going to open a completely out of control DOBRA ZEMLJA Zinfandel tonight from Amador County -
Gasp....."out of control", Thomas. I am shocked that anybody would describe one of Milan's wines like that!!! [snort.gif]

You're right...not wines for wusses. Many yrs ago, I did a visit w/ Milan at DZ. Nice visit/charming guy.
As he walked me to my car in the parking lot, he noticed my fencing epee lying on the back seat. He immediately
launched onto tales of his sabre fencing days of his youth. I got my epee out & he started swinging it around like a sabre
(that was soooo ugly), demonstrating his moves, rekindling his youth I suppose. After about a 20 min digression into the sabre
world of Milan's, he noticed my rear tire was a bit low. He immediately retrieved his air compressor from the wnry, ran an
extension out to the parking lot, and filled my tire back up and sent me on my way with the admonishment to keep
my eye on that tire.
Only in Amador. You don't get those kind of experiences at RobertMondavi or Inglenook.
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Great story Tom - thanks! - I love Milan, and have been working with him off and on for at least 12+ years whenever I can get enough wine from him to sell. There is something almost "Rayas-like" in his red wines that have always kept me going back to them. At once they seem light and fluid, the next sip is raspberry port-like that seems to just explode on the palate and there is this incredible old world charm to them (barnyards be damned). As much as I love his wines, I can only handle a bottle or two a year. And, I must admit, it is probably my favorite packaging on any bottle of California wine, thanks to Milan's wife Victoria who is a terrific artist.

I'm popping a 2006 Zinfandel from them tonight, and its 16.6% alcohol.
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#12 Post by J Sullivan » November 19th, 2014, 10:54 am

Ah, one of the more seasonally appropriate national wine days. Super tempted to pop an '07 Williams Selyem Papera, but I'll more than likely save that for Thanksgiving. Might check in on the '12 Bedrock Kirschenmann instead.
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#13 Post by Roy Hersh » November 19th, 2014, 11:05 am

1991 Geyserville ready and waiting for this evening.
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#14 Post by Thomas Keim » November 19th, 2014, 11:52 am

I just pulled out my last bottle of 1981 LYTTON SPRINGS Zinfandel for tonight as well. Looks like we are firing up the grill -

Tom Hill? You are my favorite tasting note supplier - what say ye' on the '81 Lytton Springs - had it lately? The last bottle I had about five years ago was absolutely divine -
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#15 Post by Alan Eden » November 19th, 2014, 12:30 pm

TomHill wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:Going to open a completely out of control DOBRA ZEMLJA Zinfandel tonight from Amador County -
Gasp....."out of control", Thomas. I am shocked that anybody would describe one of Milan's wines like that!!! [snort.gif]

You're right...not wines for wusses. Many yrs ago, I did a visit w/ Milan at DZ. Nice visit/charming guy.
As he walked me to my car in the parking lot, he noticed my fencing epee lying on the back seat. He immediately
launched onto tales of his sabre fencing days of his youth. I got my epee out & he started swinging it around like a sabre
(that was soooo ugly), demonstrating his moves, rekindling his youth I suppose. After about a 20 min digression into the sabre
world of Milan's, he noticed my rear tire was a bit low. He immediately retrieved his air compressor from the wnry, ran an
extension out to the parking lot, and filled my tire back up and sent me on my way with the admonishment to keep
my eye on that tire.
Only in Amador. You don't get those kind of experiences at RobertMondavi or Inglenook.
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Are his wines on the big bold no nonsense Russian beet farmer type i search for ?

What about the Syrah ?

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#16 Post by Russ Williams » November 19th, 2014, 12:40 pm

I have the 2nd half of a 2010 Carlisle Fanucchi Wood Road on deck for tonight.
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Alan eden wrote:
TomHill wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:Going to open a completely out of control DOBRA ZEMLJA Zinfandel tonight from Amador County -
Gasp....."out of control", Thomas. I am shocked that anybody would describe one of Milan's wines like that!!! [snort.gif]

You're right...not wines for wusses. Many yrs ago, I did a visit w/ Milan at DZ. Nice visit/charming guy.
As he walked me to my car in the parking lot, he noticed my fencing epee lying on the back seat. He immediately
launched onto tales of his sabre fencing days of his youth. I got my epee out & he started swinging it around like a sabre
(that was soooo ugly), demonstrating his moves, rekindling his youth I suppose. After about a 20 min digression into the sabre
world of Milan's, he noticed my rear tire was a bit low. He immediately retrieved his air compressor from the wnry, ran an
extension out to the parking lot, and filled my tire back up and sent me on my way with the admonishment to keep
my eye on that tire.
Only in Amador. You don't get those kind of experiences at RobertMondavi or Inglenook.
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Are his wines on the big bold no nonsense Russian beet farmer type i search for ?

What about the Syrah ?

Alan
Exactly Alan. They are so "old school", yet not the grapy, fruit-bomb style, just that mountain/iron-like depth that Amador wines have at their best. They can seem a bit disjounted early, but with about five years of bottle age, they seem to come alive. You will be shocked at the alcohol levels, but these are not alcoholic wines at all. And if you are EVER in Amador County, this is a must visit, Milan is the character of all characters, and a total charm to taste with. Quite a few cellartracker notes on the wines Alan, check them out....

I love the Syrah as well, and again, mountain-grown/iron/slate with a more red berry tinge than black - and also in the 16%-17% alcohol range. His Milan Ruz table wine is the real sleeper, a blend of Syrah, Zin and Sangiovese.
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#18 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 19th, 2014, 12:52 pm

Roy Hersh wrote:1991 Geyserville ready and waiting for this evening.
Very envious.

This is the wine that got me hooked on Ridge. Looking forward to seeing your notes, Roy.

Didn't know that today was Zin Day, sadly, my Bedrock comes in tomorrow. I'm giving the Bedrock Zins another whirl after passing on quite a few offerings.

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#19 Post by Alan Eden » November 19th, 2014, 1:01 pm

2011 Bedrock Heritage Zin for tonight
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#20 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » November 19th, 2014, 1:04 pm

Opening a 2009 carlisle zinfandel bedrock vineyard!

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#21 Post by Carlos Delpin » November 19th, 2014, 1:47 pm

Pulled out a 2011 Pagani Ranch to commemorate the day. Cheers to all.

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#22 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » November 19th, 2014, 1:49 pm

Thinking BR 2010 MR. Cold and rainy up here.
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#23 Post by Mark Y » November 19th, 2014, 1:52 pm

Thomas Keim wrote:I just pulled out my last bottle of 1981 LYTTON SPRINGS Zinfandel for tonight as well. Looks like we are firing up the grill -
Isn't it like 20 degrees out with snow? firing up the grill? wow! [cheers.gif]
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#24 Post by Peter Petersen » November 19th, 2014, 2:23 pm

Based on sage advice it'll be '12 Carlisle, CVZ.

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Mark Y wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:I just pulled out my last bottle of 1981 LYTTON SPRINGS Zinfandel for tonight as well. Looks like we are firing up the grill -
Isn't it like 20 degrees out with snow? firing up the grill? wow! [cheers.gif]
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#26 Post by Thomas Keim » November 19th, 2014, 3:27 pm

Mark Y wrote:
Thomas Keim wrote:I just pulled out my last bottle of 1981 LYTTON SPRINGS Zinfandel for tonight as well. Looks like we are firing up the grill -
Isn't it like 20 degrees out with snow? firing up the grill? wow! [cheers.gif]
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#27 Post by M. Dildine » November 19th, 2014, 3:36 pm

Zinfandel? That quaint and rustic little wine of the common proletariat? If I can dig a bottle out from my vast Burgundy reserves, I must sample one! [wink.gif] [cheers.gif]
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#28 Post by JDonner » November 19th, 2014, 3:39 pm

gonna be a 2009 Carlisle Papera Ranch
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#29 Post by A. Cox » November 19th, 2014, 3:52 pm

Opened a 2008 Zichichi, a good weather worthy choice.

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#30 Post by Peter Petersen » November 19th, 2014, 4:54 pm

M. Dildine wrote:Zinfandel? That quaint and rustic little wine of the common proletariat? If I can dig a bottle out from my vast Burgundy reserves, I must sample one! [wink.gif] [cheers.gif]
You mean you store Zinfandel side by side with Burgundy? No wonder all your burgs suck. ;)

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#31 Post by Scott Watkins » November 19th, 2014, 5:16 pm

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines damn this is good!
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#32 Post by Terence T-Bone Livingston » November 19th, 2014, 5:21 pm

Have about 3 bottles left of this 1995 Acacia Old Vines Napa Zin. When the corks are good, this wine is killer. This particular bottle was somewhat oxidized, so had to open an "occupational hazard" wine.

Happy Zin Day! And really, isn't every week Zin week?!?

BTW about 18 months ago Tom Hill sent me 6 bottles of older Ravenswood Zins. I tasted 4 of them and they were (just like this Acacia) a bit oxidized so I didn't post notes. I still have two more to try! Just wanted to give a shout out to Tom Hill for sending me those…out of the blue, because he realized I liked older Zins. Thanks Tom, much appreciated.
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#33 Post by Kyle Schlachter » November 19th, 2014, 5:40 pm

Just opened a 2013 Sottomarino Primitivo, Mendocino County
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#34 Post by Andrew Demaree » November 19th, 2014, 6:08 pm

Couldn't wait for next week. Had a 2011 Bedrock Papera Ranch zin tonight. What a delicious and beautiful wine that is.

We had a zin yesterday, too, come to think of it. A 2012 Ridge East Bench. That was nice too, although of a different class than the Papera.

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#35 Post by mstockley » November 19th, 2014, 6:28 pm

Bedrock 2012 Old Vine. Just coming into its own. Drank other ones too soon; have about 6 left though. Will try and hold onto the 2013's longer.
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#36 Post by Terence T-Bone Livingston » November 19th, 2014, 6:35 pm

Wow, 9 people of a short thread responding here drinking Bedrock and Carlisle.

Anyone else?
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#37 Post by Joe S. » November 19th, 2014, 6:40 pm

2009 Seghesio Marian's Reserve is now empty with dinner. Nice enough wine with lots of fruits....
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#38 Post by Chris Presutti » November 19th, 2014, 6:42 pm

2009 Carlisle Gold Mine Ranch. Delicious. [cheers.gif]

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#39 Post by Chadly S » November 19th, 2014, 6:52 pm

I just received my first order of Carlisle. I'm going with the 2012 Carlisle - Carlisle Vineyard Zin tonight. The 2012 Turley Pesenti was the other option.
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#40 Post by Peter Petersen » November 19th, 2014, 7:41 pm

Chadly S wrote:I just received my first order of Carlisle. I'm going with the 2012 Carlisle - Carlisle Vineyard Zin tonight. The 2012 Turley Pesenti was the other option.
Both are good options. Speaking from experience with both at home.

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#41 Post by Morgan Twain-Peterson » November 19th, 2014, 8:16 pm

I am deciding between 1993 Ravenswood Wood Road, a 1999 Villa Mt. Eden Monte Rosso, a 2012 Turley Mead Ranch, and 2011 Carlisle Papera Ranch. So a win, win, win, win scenario.

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#42 Post by e. eddlemon » November 19th, 2014, 9:02 pm

2012 Carlisle Sonoma County Zinfandel; bright flavors with significant structure and length.
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#44 Post by Nate Simon » November 19th, 2014, 10:15 pm

2011 Grant-Eddie with pork roulade here. Really nice stuff...why aren't they better known?

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#45 Post by Paul Miller » November 20th, 2014, 6:44 am

Bedrock Puccini Vineyard - The earthquake relief wine.

My kind of Zin. Lots of wood, leather, cedar, black pepper. Had some blackberry. I think I killed a baby. Very much enjoyed this wine, but I would recommend giving it some more time. It bet more fruit will pop over time.

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Thomas Keim wrote:I just pulled out my last bottle of 1981 LYTTON SPRINGS Zinfandel for tonight as well. Looks like we are firing up the grill -

Tom Hill? You are my favorite tasting note supplier - what say ye' on the '81 Lytton Springs - had it lately? The last bottle I had about five years ago was absolutely divine -
Thomas,
I haven't had the LS '81 in some yrs. So can't recall how it was doing.
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#47 Post by TomHill » November 20th, 2014, 7:55 am

Terence T-Bone Livingston wrote:Have about 3 bottles left of this 1995 Acacia Old Vines Napa Zin. When the corks are good, this wine is killer. This particular bottle was somewhat oxidized, so had to open an "occupational hazard" wine.

Happy Zin Day! And really, isn't every week Zin week?!?

BTW about 18 months ago Tom Hill sent me 6 bottles of older Ravenswood Zins. I tasted 4 of them and they were (just like this Acacia) a bit oxidized so I didn't post notes. I still have two more to try! Just wanted to give a shout out to Tom Hill for sending me those…out of the blue, because he realized I liked older Zins. Thanks Tom, much appreciated.
My pleasure, Terence. It's not like I'm about to run out of Zinfandel. When I started casting about for a Zin to serve to my group last night (Carliisle Montafi '08),
I realized I've got a $hitload of Zins I need to start working on.
Sorry about the 4 Ravenswoods being goners. That happens w/ older Zins & they can be pretty variable. Let's hope I didn't go 0-6.
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#48 Post by TomHill » November 20th, 2014, 8:00 am

Thomas Keim wrote:
Alan eden wrote: Tom

Are his wines on the big bold no nonsense Russian beet farmer type i search for ?

What about the Syrah ?

Alan
Exactly Alan. They are so "old school", yet not the grapy, fruit-bomb style, just that mountain/iron-like depth that Amador wines have at their best. They can seem a bit disjounted early, but with about five years of bottle age, they seem to come alive. You will be shocked at the alcohol levels, but these are not alcoholic wines at all. And if you are EVER in Amador County, this is a must visit, Milan is the character of all characters, and a total charm to taste with. Quite a few cellartracker notes on the wines Alan, check them out....

I love the Syrah as well, and again, mountain-grown/iron/slate with a more red berry tinge than black - and also in the 16%-17% alcohol range. His Milan Ruz table wine is the real sleeper, a blend of Syrah, Zin and Sangiovese.
Alan,
I think Thomas pretty much has nailed it here. You look at the label and see the alcohol % and sorta gasp in shock. But they seem to carry those
alcohols just fine w/o being particularly hot & fumey. It's sorta Milan's way of doing things.
Tom

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Get ready for Nat'l Zinfandel Day, 11/19

#49 Post by Jeff Bloom » November 20th, 2014, 8:11 am

Having just picked up the recent Bedrock shipment and having just ordered from the new release, I realized I needed to start drinking more of these to open up some room. A 2011 Papera was very nice on a cold night. Drinking well now but I'll let my other bottle sit a bit while I move through others.

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Get ready for Nat'l Zinfandel Day, 11/19

#50 Post by Mark C Johnson » November 20th, 2014, 8:29 am

JDonner wrote:gonna be a 2009 Carlisle Papera Ranch
My wife and I shared a 2007 of this. Loved it. She had a rare 2nd glass! Happy National Zinfandel Day!

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