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#1 Post by Otto Dobre » November 4th, 2018, 8:57 pm

Never had Steve's wines before, but I got a case due to the liquidation sale. Boy this is a really good wine with lots of dark fruit. Plush, but deoes not feel heavy. Rich, without being overextracted. Highly enjoyable, and with the discount that Steve is offering, a fantastic QPR.

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#2 Post by Lee Braem » November 6th, 2018, 7:19 pm

All the Congruence wines are great and good value, especially at the sale price.

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#3 Post by Michael Martin » November 6th, 2018, 7:34 pm

I’ve had ‘08, ’09, ’11 and ‘14’s and they are all great.

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#4 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » November 12th, 2018, 8:37 am

Otto Dobre wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 8:57 pm
Never had Steve's wines before, but I got a case due to the liquidation sale. Boy this is a really good wine with lots of dark fruit. Plush, but deoes not feel heavy. Rich, without being overextracted. Highly enjoyable, and with the discount that Steve is offering, a fantastic QPR.

Thanks, Otto (and Michael and Lee). Sorry I managed to impress you so late in the game. Only another 17 days for Congruence. [cheers.gif]
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#5 Post by NickRut » November 12th, 2018, 4:02 pm

Just grabbed 3 of these and 3 of the reserve. Hoping I don’t kick myself for not ordering more. Time will tell.
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#6 Post by Albert R » November 12th, 2018, 4:55 pm

The wine we drank most in 2018!!! All are excellent and at the blow out pricing makes them the best QPR ever for me. We purchased several cases. In fact, a few more cases are on the way. Thank you Steve and best wishes!
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#7 Post by NickRut » November 12th, 2018, 5:45 pm

Albert R wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 4:55 pm
The wine we drank most in 2018!!! All are excellent and at the blow out pricing makes them the best QPR ever for me. We purchased several cases. In fact, a few more cases are on the way. Thank you Steve and best wishes!

What’s your decanting advice on these?
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#8 Post by Albert R » November 12th, 2018, 6:30 pm

We have mostly had the 08's and 09's. We have generally decanted for 45 min to 1 hr and drank over 2 to 4 hours. I would recommend an hour decant and follow it over 3 to 4 hours. The 11's to us have been good to go with an hour. I believe Steve recommends a longer decant for the 11's maybe he can chime in.
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#9 Post by NickRut » November 12th, 2018, 6:33 pm

Albert R wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 6:30 pm
We have mostly had the 08's and 09's. We have generally decanted for 45 min to 1 hr and drank over 2 to 4 hours. I would recommend an hour decant and follow it over 3 to 4 hours. The 11's to us have been good to go with an hour. I believe Steve recommends a longer decant for the 11's maybe he can chime in.
He said a few hours if I recall. Was curious why your experience had been. Multiple data points.
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#10 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » November 12th, 2018, 9:51 pm

Albert R wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 6:30 pm
We have mostly had the 08's and 09's. We have generally decanted for 45 min to 1 hr and drank over 2 to 4 hours. I would recommend an hour decant and follow it over 3 to 4 hours. The 11's to us have been good to go with an hour. I believe Steve recommends a longer decant for the 11's maybe he can chime in.
For my taste, I like a 6-8 hour decant on the 11 Napa bottling. It really gains a lot of depth and complexity with the air time. The 2011 Coombsville Reserve doesn't need as much air, I think. Albert's suggestion is pretty spot on.
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#11 Post by Chris Seiber » November 12th, 2018, 9:57 pm

Anyone try the 2011 Grist Zinfandel?

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#12 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » November 12th, 2018, 10:14 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Anyone try the 2011 Grist Zinfandel?
There are CellarTracker notes. I will say we popped a sixpack of them at our recent 45th reunion for my 1973 college football team a couple of weekends ago and I was very happy with how they showed and went over.
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#13 Post by Chris Seiber » November 12th, 2018, 11:23 pm

Speaking broadly, 2011 is my favorite zin vintage ever. I love the high acids and brambly red fruits the vintage produced.

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#14 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » November 13th, 2018, 6:30 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 11:23 pm
Speaking broadly, 2011 is my favorite zin vintage ever. I love the high acids and brambly red fruits the vintage produced.
As usual, picked on the early side. I used neutral French oak barrels for aging.
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#15 Post by Nate Simon » November 30th, 2018, 6:24 pm

I was almost too late to this party, but pulled the trigger and got a case (massive thanks, Steve). As recommended, I gave it a decant (about 3 hrs).
The short tasting note: insane value. Classic Napa Cabernet, with much more up-front fruit than the vintage's spotty reputation would lead you to expect.
The decant is almost essential, as it is somewhat shy on first opening. Once it opens up, though, it is both generous and stylish. I personally really like some pyrazine notes in my Cabernet, and this one has a pleasantly moderate amount. Lots of plum and dark fruit, but in great balance with the acid and fine tannins. Finish is long and pleasing, a bit of chocolate and raspberry on the tail end. This will almost certainly age very well. I'm not at all happy to see a good winery cease operations, but I'm very happy to have gotten this wine for my collection.

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#16 Post by Seo S a l i m i » December 4th, 2018, 7:38 pm

09 is absolutely stelllar right now.

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#17 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » December 4th, 2018, 8:58 pm

Nate Simon wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 6:24 pm
I was almost too late to this party, but pulled the trigger and got a case (massive thanks, Steve). As recommended, I gave it a decant (about 3 hrs).
The short tasting note: insane value. Classic Napa Cabernet, with much more up-front fruit than the vintage's spotty reputation would lead you to expect.
The decant is almost essential, as it is somewhat shy on first opening. Once it opens up, though, it is both generous and stylish. I personally really like some pyrazine notes in my Cabernet, and this one has a pleasantly moderate amount. Lots of plum and dark fruit, but in great balance with the acid and fine tannins. Finish is long and pleasing, a bit of chocolate and raspberry on the tail end. This will almost certainly age very well. I'm not at all happy to see a good winery cease operations, but I'm very happy to have gotten this wine for my collection.
Thanks. It's funny, because when all the hand-wringing about 2011 was going on, I was absolutely perplexed. I was very happy with what I turned out.
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#18 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 20th, 2019, 12:38 pm

2011 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/7/2019)
-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over approximately one hour --

NOSE: "dark"; bell pepper/jalapeno; bread & butter pickles.

BODY: medium-full bodied.

TASTE: "dark"; jalapeno; light creamy oak note; hint of chocolate; a bit "bigger" than I remember from the previous bottle; this presents more as Napa Cab than Cab Franc --- previous bottle came across more like a Cab Franc, due to pyrazines.
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#19 Post by NickRut » March 20th, 2019, 1:20 pm

Sounds like the Pyzanine may be going down some? Was a bit overpowering on the first bottle I tried.
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#20 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 20th, 2019, 1:26 pm

Hard to tell. Last bottle was just in Oct., so I wouldn't have expected an appreciable difference, given that this is not a recently-bottled wine.
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#21 Post by Albert R » March 20th, 2019, 5:16 pm

I have been following the 11 over the last 6-9 months and it's getting better. Needs a few hours of decanting or time in the cellar. The 11 Reserve is more open for business with an hour decant. I will check back in on the regular 11 in the Fall.
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#22 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 20th, 2019, 5:43 pm

I actually preferred the previous bottle with more pronounced "green" notes. go figure ... ymmv.
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#23 Post by Albert R » March 20th, 2019, 5:53 pm

Then drink-up! Cheers! We are drinking through our 08's & 09's while we wait a little longer for the 11. This has been our best QPR to date! Thank you Steve!
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#24 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » April 16th, 2019, 4:39 pm

Checking in. I'd say the green notes will generally decrease over time, but the path will not be linear. It's a living thing after all and all elements will expand and contract for a while.

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