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yesilovewine
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posted 02-25-2011 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye-
We attended a wine tasting tonight that featured organic wines. An interesting tale about that...the wine shop owner used to get headaches and feel poorly after drinking wine until she had wine from organic wineries. Bingo- no more headaches or red flushes!
I think it was you who said that you know someone who had the consistent headache issue, so I wanted to pass this on to you so you can make the suggestion to them. Couldn't hurt, might help!

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damombo
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posted 02-12-2011 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, yesilovewine, wouldn't it be fantastic if we could know which wines we were going to REALLY love and go ahead and get a case or two...

We opened a 2006 MINER CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY this evening. We found it last year in the wine fridge and decided that a friend had given it to us. We asked her about it (she comes by fairly often) and she said, nope, it wasn't from her. We thought and thought, and couldn't recall visiting Miner, so it was a mystery. Then, this last trip in November, driving along the Silverado Trail, there was Miner. We looked at each other and OH YEAH! We went there - just at the end of the day I'm thinking, which means we don't have any memory of it

Anyway - to the wine... a delicious Chardonnay with a big butterscotch creamy mouth feel, and a lovely bright finish, so very nice acidity. We decided that it was very smart of us to buy this wine, and we would have enjoyed a few more bottles. It probably was around $35.

We've also decided that, in the future, we will visit new wineries in the mornings and our old favorites in the afternoons - that way will make good purchasing decisions at the new wineries and in the afternoons, when palates tend to be blunted, we will just indulge in the wines we know we like.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-06-2011 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Raymond 2002 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon....THIS is why one drinks CABs!
Unfortunately I have no idea where it came from, just found it and opened it and now i wish we had more...LOTS more...:\

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RC456
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posted 02-06-2011 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Having a bottle of 2009 Cakebread Cellars Sauv Blanc tonight for an after dinner treat. Wife and I agree that this is (soon to be was) a great bottle of wine. To us, a perfect blend of acidity - enough to get your attention, but not too much. Can't come up with what really stands out about this wine....just know that we both enjoyed it very much!

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damombo
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posted 01-29-2011 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Speaking of being surprised, we opened a bottle last night and I was messing around doing various things and sipping the wine and suddenly I stopped, and said to my husband, WHAT IS THIS? It was wonderful and I had no idea what it was.
Well, it was a Rancho Zabaco 2007 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel - we thought and thought and finally decided it must be one of the bottles we got at the Wine Garage in Calistoga, which means it was under $25. Wasn't 2007 a fantastic year for Zins? I may have to see if I can find more of this wine... and I suppose I should post this over on the Sonoma side, but technically we bought it in Calistoga

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-29-2011 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Right you are, Hawkeye- its amazing how many very good wines are out there that are under $25, even!
The good thing about so many places with so little time is that it means you have to go BACK!!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-29-2011 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Sometimes we get surprised. I have had a bottle of 2002 Raymond Estate Reserve Napa Valley Rutherford Cab that has been in the cooler for a few years. I do not remember purchasing this wine let alone visiting the winery, which is the only way I could have acquired it. I checked the current release of this wine and it is selling for $35.00.

The wine was bold in fruit with a long finish just like we prefer. As Damombo says, "Jammy, jammy, jammy". What does this mean? I guess we will have to check out Raymond again when we are in Napa instead of driving by. Not all wines have to be of the $50.00 plus variety to be good! So many wines to try, so few days to do it!

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damombo
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posted 01-27-2011 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi y'all! We are savoring and enjoying a 2008 Giana Zinfandel from Chiarello Family Vineyards. Dark berries, big mouth feel, JAMMY JAMMY JAMMY my favorite adjective for my favorite Zins! Yummy - wish you were here!

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RC456
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posted 01-24-2011 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine

I saw the post over there and that's what lead me to bump this one back up. Won't be too long when we open the 2007 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir.....I'll post over there when we do.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-23-2011 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
RC, just so you know, there is a similar thread about this on the Sonoma board too.
Since most of my wines are from there, that is where I'll post our experiences.

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RC456
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posted 01-23-2011 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
We opened a 2009 Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley last night. Not paired with anything, just to enjoy.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Just an okay nose...nothing special. Beyond crisp on the front end with high acidity coming through. I am not a grapefruit fan, but that was the only thing that I could pick up through the finish. If you really like grapefruit, then this will not disappoint. If like me, you don't, then I would not recommend.

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RC456
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posted 01-23-2011 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
I'd like to get a little action going on this topic.

If we all post our take on a wine that we just experienced (I don't like calling my thoughts of a wine a "Review"), then others from the board (me!!) can take those thoughts under consideration for future purchases, or non purchases.

I know that there are many thoughts and recommendations scattered throughout the board under various topics. However, I can't always remember under which topic did I see something about a wine that caught my interest. By having post under this topic, it will help consolidate the information.

I am not suggesting that this be the only place to post about a wine you just experienced, but if you remember to do so, just stop by this topic and post a short note about it as well.

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damombo
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posted 12-16-2010 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Sitting here enjoying a 2007 Hayne Vineyard Chase Family Cellars Zinfandel. Luscious nose of black raspberries; rich, spicy, jammy; nice finish. Aahhhhhhhhh, life is good!

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