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#551 Post by David Baum » November 14th, 2020, 11:24 pm

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Well I've the 92. I'm gonna put it in the queue for the next week. Interested to see how it shows vis a vis it's bookends. Will report back

It's label 76% merlot, 13% cab and 11% cab franc. Hmmm
I never really aged those Sangiacomo Merlots, but remember the '92 being especially good in the late '90s, but don't remember having it since. As far as aging Merlot, I just had a '95 Matanzas Creek a few weeks ago that was especially good. And an auction bargain, to boot.
This is Sonoma County though I have 92 Sangiacomo also
Ok, had the 92 Sonoma County Merlot last night. My friend opened an 87 Pickberry he's had since release and stored well to see how it compared.

I stood it up for a few days and double decanted it. That was a good idea and Id recommend as these wines throw a fair amount of sediment.

I pulled the cork with an ah-so. While it was solid it was soft and crumbly. The 87 Pickberry was also as was an 89 Cooke opened by another friend elsewhere last night. While a durand is not needed, Id highly reccomend an ah-so with these wines.

Upon opening and decanting I tasted a bit and it had searing acidity. Put back in bottle with cork and we started trying it an hour later. It still was very acidic and fruit was just starting to show so we put aside. We dug in 90 minutes later and the acidity had calmed down while the fruit blossomed. It was a beautiful wine and showed very well. Id be happy if the rest were anywhere close to this good.

The 87 Pickberry seemed to have some VA. He put it aside and pulled out a 92 Pahlmeyer Red. Have to find out from my friend if it came around but my sense is it likely went down the drain this afternoon. The Merlot outshone the Pahlmeyer too.

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#552 Post by Ian Alper » November 15th, 2020, 7:13 pm

The first two I opened were both winners! Socially distanced work party in the orchard was the excuse. Still dealing with damage from the recent fire. So glad these showed so well. I was very excited to open these for my friends, several of whom have not experienced older wines before.

1990 Sonoma Zin. I think Todd's note from last week captured this well. Very much alive, resolved tanins, no pruney flavors, wonderful balance and finish. Pop, decant and pour- got a little better after an hour and was still drinking well a few hours after being opened.

2001 Rancho Salina - 50% Merlot, 32% Cab Franc and the rest Cab Sauvignon. This had much more body than the Zin and still had some tanins showing. Great red and blue fruits, nicely balanced and probably close to its peak but no rush on this one.

Such a treat to share these historic bottles with an enthusiastic croud!
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#553 Post by Sean_S » November 15th, 2020, 7:14 pm

Good to hear Ian. Hows the recovery going down on the farm?
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#554 Post by Steve Gautier » November 15th, 2020, 7:26 pm

Thanks for the notes Ian. I got both of these.
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#555 Post by Ian Alper » November 16th, 2020, 7:00 am

Sean - recovery has been slow. County finally came and tagged hazzardous waste for removal. Still waiting for final haz waste cleanup. No idea how long it will take to get all the debris removed and we are concerned about the rain.

Irrigation and fence mostly repaired. Still don't have all the water tanks replaced. Tomatoes are winding down. Looks like the orchards took a hit but we are hoping they will mostly recover. So thankful we did not loose our main house. So many others were not as fortunate.

Thanks for asking. Sure miss our off-lines. Someday.

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#556 Post by Ian Alper » November 16th, 2020, 7:40 am

Steve, I hope your bottles show as well as ours did. We used a "poor mans" Durrand = an ah so and cork screw, and the corks came out with just a little effort. Enjoy. A real special treat.

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#557 Post by Tom Chen » November 19th, 2020, 3:42 pm

I just had a 1994 Merlot Sonoma County, and it was delicious. I'm horrible at tasting notes (I'm still amazed at what people can smell and taste), so sorry, no details.

Anyways, I liked it a lot. Granted I have not had aged American merlot, but this could have been mistaken as an aged CA cab (I see that it has 19% Cab and 4% Cab Franc).

Stood up for 24 hours. Decanted for 4 hours. Very dark still, cork in good shape. Some sediment, but not too bad. Seems like it can last a while longer.

Looking forward to more of these Library Releases. Provenance is everything, along with good grapes and good winemaking.

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#558 Post by Juliec » November 21st, 2020, 3:36 pm

These are so good. Just opened a 1989 Sonoma county zin. Should have bought multiple cases. The 1998 baranca zin was good too. Any recommendations of others to cellar. Back then zin was 13.4% abv.
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#559 Post by Sean_S » November 21st, 2020, 4:23 pm

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These are so good. Just opened a 1989 Sonoma county zin. Should have bought multiple cases. The 1998 baranca zin was good too. Any recommendations of others to cellar. Back then zin was 13.4% abv.
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Glad to hear all the great reports... I have a feeling there may be more. It never hurts to ask

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#560 Post by Juliec » November 23rd, 2020, 5:17 pm

Thanks for the pro-tip Sean!
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#561 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 23rd, 2020, 5:18 pm

Really enjoyed my 1991 Pickberry yesterday afternoon - so far, all three have been great treats
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#562 Post by Ian Alper » November 25th, 2020, 8:36 am

Two more over the weekend. 1994 Merlot and 1998 Barricia Zin. Both were enjoyable, not over the hill and not "pruney". The Zin improved after about an hour and opened up quite a bit. Liked the previous pair better but no complaints on these.

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#563 Post by Andrew W. » November 25th, 2020, 12:33 pm

1997 Big River Zin last night, Damn delicious and no where near over the hill. Amazing how little sediment it had.
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#564 Post by Tom DeBiase » November 27th, 2020, 10:26 am

Hit and a miss yesterday. The 1998 Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Vineyard was awesome. Mix of red and black fruit, juicy and ripe and was singing with a 90 minute decant. The 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sangiacomo Vineyard smelled musty upon opening but what the heck threw it in the decanter also. Unfortunately, it was horribly corked but we had plenty of wine in reserve. Here are the decanted wines along with a 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blanc from the Heintz Vineyard.
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#565 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 27th, 2020, 12:21 pm

Tom DeBiase wrote:
November 27th, 2020, 10:26 am
Hit and a miss yesterday. The 1998 Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Vineyard was awesome. Mix of red and black fruit, juicy and ripe and was singing with a 90 minute decant. The 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sangiacomo Vineyard smelled musty upon opening but what the heck threw it in the decanter also. Unfortunately, it was horribly corked but we had plenty of wine in reserve. Here are the decanted wines along with a 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blanc from the Heintz Vineyard.
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Thanks for the Barricia note. That was in my pack as well. Good to know a decant was useful.

Too bad about the Merlot. Bad corks suck.
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#566 Post by Tom DeBiase » November 27th, 2020, 12:53 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 27th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Tom DeBiase wrote:
November 27th, 2020, 10:26 am
Hit and a miss yesterday. The 1998 Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Vineyard was awesome. Mix of red and black fruit, juicy and ripe and was singing with a 90 minute decant. The 1993 Ravenswood Merlot Sangiacomo Vineyard smelled musty upon opening but what the heck threw it in the decanter also. Unfortunately, it was horribly corked but we had plenty of wine in reserve. Here are the decanted wines along with a 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blanc from the Heintz Vineyard.
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Thanks for the Barricia note. That was in my pack as well. Good to know a decant was useful.

Too bad about the Merlot. Bad corks suck.
David, you will enjoy the Barricia. I had no experience with that vineyard, the 98 vintage in Sonoma-Napa is panned by many (not me) and the wine was pretty great. Can't wait to pop a couple more Ravenswood wines.

And yes, bad corks suck.

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#567 Post by David Baum » November 28th, 2020, 11:34 am

Another home run on 1990 Sonoma County Zin. Stuck to same program. Stood it up for several days, double decanted for sediment an hour in advance of heading to my friends and re-corked. Pulled cork when I got to my friends and let sit an hour. Got better over the course of two hours as the acidity integrated. Plenty of fruit, no VA or brett. Cork was soft, crumbly, solid, soaked about halfway but came out fine and in one piece with an ah-so. Just a beautiful aged wine.

Gonna grab another to stand up for next Friday

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#568 Post by David Baum » November 30th, 2020, 2:00 pm

94 Pickberry standing for Friday

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#569 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 30th, 2020, 4:27 pm

David Baum wrote:
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94 Pickberry standing for Friday
I laid mine down with my pre-existing Pickberry vertical.
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#570 Post by David Baum » December 1st, 2020, 1:38 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 4:27 pm
David Baum wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 2:00 pm
94 Pickberry standing for Friday
I laid mine down with my pre-existing Pickberry vertical.
Will let you know how it shows.

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