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ssala
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posted 05-01-2012 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Last night we enjoyed a Baldacci 2009 Elizabeth Pinot Noir with a chicken and white wine stew. That was a bottle I didn't want to see the end of. I finally got to our liquor shops so we would stop raiding the wines from our recent trip. Cheers!

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ssala
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posted 04-29-2012 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Since we have a similar thread on the Sonoma side, I thought I would try to revive this one. We joined our first wine club at Benessere this trip. For the last couple of nights, we have been enjoying their 2009 Holystone-Collins Zin. We had ordered 4 bottles and, alas, two are already gone...

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-21-2011 05:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Had a nice Sauv.Blanc last night....2009 Maxwell Creek.
It has a grassy nose, which nearly turned me off from the beginning, but I've learned to go past that and try the wines anyway, and I'm glad I did. This is a very crisp,tropical wine with lots of grapefruit and lemon flavor. Its great with broiled fish.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-28-2011 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I have heard the same about the new facility. Too bad- sounds like it used to be a real blast to taste there.

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Kod
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posted 11-28-2011 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I really like Frank Family wines. They also make very nice pinots and zins, as well as a pretty decent buttery chardonnay. I served their zins with Thanksgiving turkey and it was well received by my guests.Their tasting room used to be great- a lot of fun and no fees or pressure but I heard they changed.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-27-2011 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Wow! This thread hasn't been up at the top for a while- you guys keeping secrets??
We finally drank the Frank Family Cabernet we received last year...2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
A very nice wine with lots of flavor and soft tannins. It has enough "umph" to hold up to grilled steaks, but I believe that it could just as well have been enjoyed on its own or with appetizers.
On first-opening I had some concerns as there was a strong tobacco-y aroma and not much for body, but this wine became richer as it opened in the glass. Its a good wine, but not a great one, IMO.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-15-2011 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Poohh,

I didn't remember that you are a Baldacci fan.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-15-2011 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
A couple weeks ago, I received my club shipment from Joseph Phelps, consisting of 3 bottles of 2008 Stags Leap Cabernet which has 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. I put off as long as possible at least to open one bottle as this is a new club for me. Last night, I opened it and decanted it for about an hour before pouring to have with a New York Strip steak.

Robert Parker gave this Cab a 90 point score. I think it is better. He writes, "The 2008's dense ruby/purple color is followed by an attractive bouquet of creme de cassis and charcoal. Revealing full-bodied richness and lots of depth, it is one of the finest regular Cabernet Savignons Phelps has made in many years. The tannins have sweetened over the last year ant this impressively endowed effort, while approachable now, should age for 20+ years".

I am not sure what all RP said, but the wine was absolutely outstanding, in my opinion. After tasting this "lower level" wine, I can hardly wait for fall to taste their Insigna.

Cheers!

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Poohh66
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posted 03-27-2011 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Wish I could be as specific describing this amazing Baldacci 2006 Mathilde Pinot Noir (maybe one day) all I can say is that it was delishly YUMMY...... loved it <3 paired it with grilled salmon and vegies, very nice !!!!!

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wolfman
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posted 03-27-2011 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
I just opened a bottle of Speedy Creek 2007 Knights Valley Zin that I purchased from the Wine Garage in February. I must say that it is a nice surprise! Not the heaviest or boldest Zin I have tried, but nicely balanced, fruity, minimal tannins, and very drinkable right after opening. I am not sure if it is a $25 bottle, but I am enjoying it!

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-27-2011 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Poohh66,

Happy freedom day! Getting a sibling off the payroll is an accomplishment. Now you will have more resources to fund your wineaux (expensive for wino) habit. Glad to have you back.

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Poohh66
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posted 03-26-2011 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Our daughter went from intern to a hired Tax Accountant, after five and a half year of hard work, graduated with a masters in tax back in december..... We raised our glass to toast her and her bright future with a glass of Reynolds Family Winery ~ 2006 Reserve Cabernet, which we brought a few bottles back from our recent trip, it was absolutely delicious, talk about a hint of dark chocolate YUM yum.... might have to talk my husband into opening another bottle tonight

I heard you had missed me Hawkeye here I am !!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-26-2011 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
One of our favorite wineries in the Napa Valley is the Baldacci Winery over on the Silverado trail just above Yountville. Last night we opened a bottle of their 2007 IV Sons Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District. The nose has a lot of fruit with a bonus of chocolate according to Mrs. Hawkeye, the chocolate expert. The palate continued with the berry fruit and a smooth, lingering finish. At a price point of $35.00, it is a great bargain. We tipped a glass to all of you! Cheers.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-23-2011 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We have had such mixed results that I just have to see what y'all have experienced. I'm beginning to think that it just depends on the wine or maybe the winery. I would think that the short trip to Oregon would have a minimal effect, but we have found that to be not necessarily true, so I'm curious. Thanks for the quick replies...

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-23-2011 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yesilovewine, (notice, no .com)

I don't really have a definite time because I have so many bottles that I don't have to open new ones. I guess if I had to pick a length of time, it would probably be two weeks. I imagine longer would be better. Probably my palate would not know the difference. Maybe a Robert Parker, but not me.

But then, there are those who go and buy a box and open it immediately. Let's tip our glass!

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bigsemi
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posted 03-23-2011 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Normally about a week, but I have opened the day of and normally don't have much of an issue with "bottle shock"

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-23-2011 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, ( really anyone who will answer...)
Generally speaking, how long do you let your delivered wines "rest" before you open something from one of your shipments? I keep getting different suggestions to that problem so I'm going to start polling everybody....

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-23-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I'm glad the Zappa is such a hit. It really hit the spot with us.

Last night we opened a bottle of '05 Clif Lede NV Stags Leap Cab. Although not as powerful as some, it was very flavorful with a long smooth finish. A Cab that I would surely purchase again.

Most of our last trip shipments have shown up and the cellar is full again . . . well, maybe a few extra spaces. Maybe I need to take another trip back.

Joined Joseph Phelps wine club and have receive our first shipment of 3 '08 NV Cab. I am looking forward to opening a bottle in a couple weeks. I have pre ordered their '08 Insigna.

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carjeff
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posted 03-21-2011 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
hawkeye - we also had a bottle of Zappa last week. I believe it was an 05

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suzq
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posted 03-15-2011 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
yes - zappa is fabulous! just received a biali order in the mail and can't wait to enjoy it tonight!

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-14-2011 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We had friends over for dinner last night and one of the three bottles of wine we popped was a 2004 Biale Proprietary Red called "Zappa". A blend of 65% Zin, 18% Petite Sirah and 17% Syrah. A very bold black in the glass and a powerful body. Anyone else from the wine club tasted this wine?

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 03-14-2011).]

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StacysWineStop
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posted 03-01-2011 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Hey yes, definitely lots of great wineries in Napa that have that old school charm. I know last year when I was doing some research for marketing it came to my attention that people were searching out the Sonoma wine country 3 to 1 over Napa wine country. Which was rather disheartening to me since I live in Napa and love both wine countries equally.

So I have been on a mission to change the minds of people and get them back into Napa again and savior some of that fruit that makes you want to savor more and more. It is especially refreshing when people get that old feel charm in Napa too. A couple of things to look forward to is a group called the "Next Generation" which made up of the winemakers kids who are now making wine. Most are between 25 & 40 years old. Then "Old School Napa Valley" which will be showing casing wineries that are boutique wineries that still are run by the families who own them.

At diam.... Love big jammy fruit, something you can just let a piece of dark chocolate sit on your tongue and let the juices melt it. Mmmm!!! So many good wines, so little time.

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

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damombo
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posted 03-01-2011 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Did somebody say JAMMY?!?

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-28-2011 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Stacy, you just rang damambo's bell with that one! If its jammy, she's on it...right damambo?
We went to that wine tasting Friday night and had the Chateau Chevalier Cabernet and I think that was the only Napa wine. Unless Fidelitas M100 is a Napa one.
Neither really jumped off the page for us.
We just don't have that many Napa wines in the rack....once we found so many Sonoma wines we liked, we sorta gave Napa the Heave-Ho.
But since spending time with y'all I'm hearing things that make me think its time to give Napa another go.
The only Napa that is on the rack right now is by Mondavi- a 2005 Napa Valley Cab and a 2007 Private Selection Meritage.
Oh, and Stacy...we LOVE sharing here, so please keep it up!

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 02-28-2011).]

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-28-2011 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Okay so I just have to share. I discovered this winery last year, when I met the winemaker/owner of Page Cellars at a concierge event. Being the big Cab Franc freak I am I just had to go. Of course the Cab Franc was amazing and I having been stocking up ever since.

Needless to say I was celebrating and decided to open a bottle of the 2005 Fury aka 100% Cab Franc. It was amazing!!! Big jammy fruit, with black cherries & current, that just lasted all the way down.

So I decided I to try it with some double cream blue cheese from St. Andres. OMG!!! Talk about off the hook orgasmically delicious!! The more I drank the Cab Franc, the more I wanted the blue cheese. The more I wanted the blue cheese I wanted the Cab Franc! You definitely need to order some if you like Cab Franc and at $55 a bottle it is a steal!!! www.pagewinecellars.com

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

www.StacysWineStop.com


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