TN: A Ramato & a Syrah @ DinDin....(short/boring)

Had these two last night at dinner:

  1. Forlorn-Hope Dragone Ramato PinotGris RorickVnyd/CalaverasCnty (11%; 187 cs) Murphys 2016: Light red/dark rose color; fairly strong resiny/phenolic/ViniMacerati rather floral/rose petal/PG/spicy slight cedary/pencily slight earthy quite fragrant lovely nose; quite tart/tangy lovely floral/rose petal/PG/spicy light phenolic/VM/resiny slight earthy/dusty bit complex flavor w/ light tannic bite; very long rather floral/rose petal/PG/spicy light phenolic/resiny rather floral/perfumed rather savory finish w/ light tannic bite; a really lovely expression of PG Ramato & great alternative to a rose.

  1. WindGap Syrah SonomaCoast (390 cs; 12.1%;; #4211) PaxMahle/Forestville 2008: Very dark color w/ light bricking; very strong Rhonish/whole-cluster/smokey/graphite/ozone/WWII beacon strong cold-climate/black pepper/blackberry/Syrah/blueberre slight black olive slight smokey/oak quite complex nose; very tart/teeth-chattering/lean/austere very strong Rhonish/w-c/smokey/graphite/ozone/pungent strong blackberry/blueberry/Syrah bit smokey/oak rather complex flavor w/ ample rugged/chewey tannins; very long/lingering rather acidic/screechy intense Rhonish/w-c/peppery/smokey/roasted/graphite/ozone strong black pepper/c-c/blackberry/Syrah quite savory very complex finish w/ lots of chewey tannins; a huge amount of Rhonish character but pretty screechy/brutal on the palate; probably needs more to temper the acids & tannins but not sure it will ever be pleasurable to drink.

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. Dragone: Upon release, this was a pretty austere wine dominated by the phenolic/VM character. It has really evolved nicely w/ the PG fruit coming to the forefront and the phenolic/VM character taking a back seat.
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I’m diggin’ the domestic Ramatos. Recent enjoyment from Two Shepherds and Giornata.

WWII Beacon?

Yup… the smell of burning graphite. Mostly ozone… but a bit more.
During the LondonBlitz, the beacons to spot Nazi bombers had two rods of graphite carrying a heavy current that burned in an arc w/ a very intense light at the focal point of the reflector.
After WWII, these beacons were sold off as war surplus and then repurposed to signal the opening of movie theatres/auto dealerships/etc. When my Dad would see a beacon flashing across the sky, he would put me in the car & we’d go track it down to see whatssup. He would hold my hand & we’d stand there and listen to the carbon arc crackle and smell the ozone. Very distinct memory from my youth (which, I should mention, was not that long ago).
In the early days, movie theater projectors were powered by carbon arcs. Same principle on a smaller scale, same smell. I used to sit in the last row in the theatre in front of the projector booth to revel in that same smell.

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Thank you for explaining and sharing stories from your youth. I do not recall that smell, but I do remember seeing 4 or 5 beacons flashing in the sky signaling the grand opening of a new business. It is great how sometimes you smell the aromas in your glass, close your eyes, and are transported back in time. A deja vu, nostalgic kind of moment. I love when I experience that in a wine! Cheeers

Yup… Stephen… every once in awhile… I’ll pick up a smell in a wine that transports me back to my youth. It’s why I have a fondness for a bretty CdP… takes me back to my GrandPa’s Kansas outhouse and the Sears&Roebuck catalog sitting right there!! Kansas outhouses are sorta special. You had to have been there!!

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