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damombo
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posted 02-13-2011 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
As I said earlier: Oh Hawkeye, you are such a romantic!!

I made a card for my Valentine - and inside I had written "Grow old with me". Sent a copy to my daughter via the phone, and she texts back "You should have it say Grow old(er) with me" Always a smarty pants! But I did make that change

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-13-2011 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo, After reading your message, I thought I probably should do something for Valentine's Day day since we had out dinner on the 11th. I decided that a nice Valentine's card would fit the bill. I went to the local Hallmark (yes, there is a difference) store to purchase a card. I began looking and saw one that I liked, picked it up, turned it over and much to my surprise, the card was almost $12.00, and I thought no way. So, I moved down the rack a ways and found another card, picked it up, turned it over, and it was almost $8.00, and I thought, no way. Then I went down the rack a little further and saw a card I liked, picked it up, turned it over, and it was almost $6.00, and I said , no way.

What to do? I went back out to the car, picked up my trusty Nikon digital camera, and walked back into Hallmark and went directly to the $12.00 cards (nothing too good for my Valentine), and held the card in my hand and took a picture of the cover and the message inside. I will bring that home, print it off, and give it to my wife for Valentine's Day. I saved enough for a good glass of wine!

By the way, our dinner on Friday night was outstanding at our favorite restaurant. We took along a bottle of '02 Schweiger NV Spring Mountain Estate Cab to enjoy with dinner. Although not one of my favorites, it was, nonetheless, very good. Cheers!

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damombo
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posted 02-08-2011 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I like her style - I'd be happy with my husband and a Hershey's bar too! And a good Zin... or a good Cab...

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-08-2011 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo, What do you mean, 12th, 13th, 14th? At my advanced age, just getting one night a month out of me is a miracle.

We will leave the chocolate up to the restaurant, they always have something special like a chocolate souffle, a moulten lava cake, chocolate strawberries, etc. I know whatever Chef Lindley comes up with, we will like. You all should make plans to come up, down, or over here just to eat at this restaurant, it is that special. I will furnish the wine.

Now, all of that said above, Mrs. Hawkeye would be just as happy with a Hershey's bar and my company!

Damombo, when is your next trip back to Wine Country?

Life is very, very good. Cheers!

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damombo
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posted 02-08-2011 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Oh Hawkeye -you are such a romantic! I think it's lovely to celebrate Valentines starting on the 11th and then what do you have planned for the 12th, 13th, and 14th??? Around here, we have been known to celebrate holidays and birthdays for weeks on end - my birthday is July 31st, so we just go ahead and dedicate the entire month to ME!!! Plus our anniversary is July 10th, so I let him get some of the attention then....
But seriously folks, what is everyone planning to open for their sweetie in honor of Valentines? We will probably have steak, so a cab will be in order. I shall have to give this some thought...
Hmmm, Hawkeye - what sort of chocolate scrumptiousness have you picked out for Mrs. Hawkeye? We know she loves the chocolate!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-08-2011 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Wow, look at that Boys and Girls, Cabgirl is back. I always like her posts, she shows the rest of us how we should do it. From her post:

We visited Schweiger in October, a first time for us. They were still working on the new tasting room at that time. We started outside with a plank over a couple barrels. We brough home their 2002 NV Spring Mountain Estate Cab. Haven't opened a bottle yet, but may here in the next couple nights.

We have been to Corison on a previosu visit and have a 2003 Kronos Vineyard Cab in our cooler.

And Provenance is one of our favorites. we have some of the 04, 05, and 06 NV Rutherford Cab in our cooler. Will drag some out very soon.

We will be heading to our favorite restaurant Friday night to celebrate Valentines Day. Yes, Damombo, I know VD is Monday, but there are other things going on that night. I believe that I will take one of the Schweiger and one of the Provenance Cabs along. We always share with the server and the owner, so they are happy to see us come.

Welcome back Cabgirl.

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cabgirl
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posted 02-08-2011 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
I like this game! Let's see, mine would be (and in no particular order)

1. Schweiger Vineyards, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon ($48!!!) This is such a good bottle of wine and I really can't believe it's only $48. They just opened up a tasting room and are located on Spring Mountain. For those making trips out here this year - should add to the list I think! Also tasted their Chardonnay (100% - delicious as well. Only $30) But I digress

2. 2005 Corison, Kronos Vineyard - $98. Perfection in a bottle. Or so it tasted a year ago when I visited their tasting room. Small, in the barrel cellar tasting experience. Quite refreshing from the more grandiose tasting rooms of late in Napa Valley.

3. 2005 Rutherford Bench Reserve Cab, Sequoia Grove Vineyards - $70 (spicy with notes of vanilla and some other flavors I can't remember. Quite good though.)

4. 2002 Sterling Vineyards, Diamond Mountain Ranch - $65. I used to be a wine club member way back in the day, and always got some of their higher cab selections in my shipments which was quite wonderful. I also recommend their Three Palms Merlot! Of course, if you've never been, nothing beats floating up to a winery in a tram car. Friends that visit for the first time are always impressed.

5. 2005 Provenance Vineyards, Oakville - $85. Would also recommend their 2007 Winemaker's Reserve blend. Just tasted recently which tasted quite well.


Alright, that's it for me!

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Poohh66
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posted 02-06-2011 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
I am going to have to go check TA out, I have found NOWI to be outrages at times, and a bit sarcastic, not sure what he/she is all about, I must go read.......

WarEagleGal was the one that referred me to this site, and specifically to read Hawkeye's posts, I can see where she would have Hawkeye back

12 corks... yeap, 3 couples, one lady only drinks beer, so 5 os us shared some pretty good wine and can't remember a thing today, great times though....

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-06-2011 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Napa People!
Wanted to let Hawkeye know that someone on TA seems to have your back...War something or other.
I read TA on occasion and saw your name; had to follow your thread.
That was a really weird response you got. That is the kind of stuff that got me off of those forums a while back...too much one-up manship and hoity toity stuff and less and less real info of value.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-06-2011 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Heh, Poohh66, that is a lot of wine and a lot of friends. We very seldom share our wine with friends around here because they think that a fine wine comes in a cardboard box or you could just substitute a can with Budweiser written on the side and they would be happy. All of that and a Confederate flag painted on the top of their 1969 "General Lee" Dodge Charger. Then add Daisy Duke! Cheers.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-06-2011 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, ladies for participating. Poohh66, I have not tried Chalk Hill or Madrone so will put them on a "TRY" list. We recently had a bottle of the 2005 Raymond Reserve Selection Cab, and at $35.00, it was very good. I do have them on my list for October. We have been to Rombauer several times but did not find the wines to be to our liking.


Damombo, we have Chimney Rock on our visit list in March. We have a 2002 Schweiger Cab in our cooler from our trip last October, but have not opened it yet. Have not tasted at Chiarello yet.

I just vented a little on the TA forum so I may not be welcome back there. NOWI frustrates me so much!

Since I started this thread, I will go ahead and give you my 5 favorites, in no particular order, and from wines that we have opened in the last 3 months.

1. 2007 BALDACCI VINEYARDS, NV Diamond Mountain Cab $72.00. Oh, my, I wish I had more of this one. Very fruity with a nice smooth finish.

2. 2005 BENNETT LANE NV Cab (Did not record the price when I purchased it, but the current release is $55.00, which I imagine is about right.

3. 2006 KATHRYN HALL NV Cab $80.00. Lots of berries upfront with a soft lingering finish.

4. 2004 JESSUP CELLARS NV Cab, Hidden Oakes Vineyard $65.00. I cannot be sure, but I think that this is probably one of the last bottlings of winemaker Mark Jessup, of the Jessup family whose name this winery carries. I am looking forward to tasting Mark's new label, J. Gregory, when it comes to fruition.

5. 2007 BALDACCI VINEYARDS NV Cab, Stags Leap, Brenda's Vineyard $85.00. What a wonderful balanced wine but at this young age, needs to decant before drinking.

There you have if folks, not from an expert, but just from someone who enjoys a nice bottle of wine.

Just remember, this information may be worth exactly what you paid for it. Cheers!

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damombo
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posted 02-06-2011 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Oh Poohh66 (may I call you Pooh?) That sounds like a fun party you had! 12 corks later... my kinda people

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Poohh66
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posted 02-06-2011 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
I will not attempt to pretend that I know what I am talking about by naming 5 favorite cabs with years and all LOL.... but just yesterday we indulged with friends... 12 corks later (like we put it) ....... my favorite
~Just had a Chalk Hill 2003 Cab, that I had to make note of because it was out of this world.
~Madrone
~Raymond
~Hall
~Rombauer

Hawkeye.... very excited about our trip, STILL making changes and deciding on a few, will definitely report :-p

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damombo
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posted 02-06-2011 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Opened a Schweiger 2006 Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Cab last night and thoroughly enjoyed it's richness and depth and it had a long, lovely finish. Beautiful color. Somewhere around $45 a bottle, if I remember correctly. They are up on Spring Mountain and we enjoyed visiting there in September.

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damombo
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posted 02-05-2011 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye! This will take a bit of thinking. We do love a big, bold cab, but I've just realized that we have really concentrated on Zins for the last year.
I remember thinking that the Chimney Rock Cab was luscious, but I don't recall how much it cost. The Shafer One Point Five was a hit, and it was $70. Their Hillside Select is also delicious, but it is over $200, and my palate doesn't notice the difference well enough to justify that price. The Baldacci Brenda (I think you like that one, too), Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch, and the Chiarello Eileen would round out our top 5. Oh, I see you asked for year... Shafer was 07, Cakebread an 05, Baldacci is an 04, and Chiarello an 06.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-05-2011 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Let's suppose that we have one day to taste Cabernet's in the Napa Valley (notice, I said Valley) and also suppose that you could manage to taste at 5 wineries. Let's also propose that the cost of these Cab's could be up to $100.00 for a 750L bottle. We are not going to take tours or rate tasting rooms. Let's also assume that you could drive from one end of the valley to the other to select these wines. We want your five favorite Cabs in the Valley!

1. What 5 Cabs would you select? (winery, year, vineyard, etc.)

I will post my 5 after you all post yours.

Poohh66, you should be sitting on pins and needles about this time. I would guess that you will be leaving this week for your Valentine's trip. I am so envious. Then in 3 week, you can be envious of me. :-)

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