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posted 03-12-2011 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye - I've enjoyed reading all of your daily trip reports. Lots of good new places to try!
I guess I need to get a move on and start in earnest with the plans for our trip. I need to sit down and re-read everything and make some notes - I've not really spent the time needed to do that just yet - and next week will be a particularly crazy one: I'm going to be in San Antonio working on our daughter's house with her. We will be painting the exterior, working on the yard, and installing a kitchen backsplash. The fun never ends!!


posted 03-12-2011 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi KMJ, Thanks for your comments on my report. I was beginning to think that no one lived here anymore. There are a lot of wineaux (expensive for wino) on this board if you need any suggestions or help. Good luck with your itinerary. Cheers.


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posted 03-12-2011 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KMJ16138   Click Here to Email KMJ16138     Edit/Delete Message
Excellent review of your trip. I enjoyed reading the wonderful descriptions of the wines that you trialed. I see a few of them came home with you so you'll remember them at home with family and friends. I broke down and told the misses of our trip. Tomorrow we have a date to plan the internary. I cant wait to enjoy the atmosphere of the wine country with my bride of 20 years.

I will write when the itinerary is completed.


posted 03-10-2011 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
It is always sad to come to the last day of a trip but I was really excited about the agenda for the morning. Since we were staying in Calistoga and had to head south to go back to Sacramento, I looked for a couple wineries at the top of the Silverado Trail to hit on the way out.

ZAHTILA VINEYARDS - We were met by the two Lab vineyard dogs which made Mrs. Hawkeye feel right at home. We miss our yellow lab and our mixed breed when we are gone so we enjoy a good pat and slobber where ever we can find it. Mike Zahtila met us in the parking lot and warmly welcomed us to their winery. This is one of those small family run wineries that I look for. Mike’s wife, the President and winemaker, was on a trip so we did not get to meet her. They have several wines to taste. We began with the 09 NV Chard which was a first release for them from Carneros fruit. This was fermented and aged in stainless so did not have that oakey/buttery taste that we don’t care for. At $30.00 per bottle, we felt a really good buy. Then we were led to the 07 Dry Creek Zin with nice dark fruit and a smooth finish. But wait, we were then given the 07 Oat Hill Estate Zin which we rated a big WOW with lots of fruit and that Jammy taste that we all seem to like. We then tasted the 07 Calsitoga “Barlow” Vineyard Cab. Lots of fruit with rich, bold tannins, another on our WOW list. The 05 Rutherford Georges III Vineyard Cab was a WOW and it just kept getting better and better but at the $125.00 price point, a little over our budget. We brought home the Oat Hill Zin and the Barlow Vineyard Cab. It just so happened, we were going to Barlow next to taste. This was one of those winery rare finds that makes tasting exciting. A definite MUST do. I think they may have a tasting fee, but was not charged since we made a purchase.

BARLOW VINEYARDS - Another of those small family wineries started with making a wine for family consumption. We were met by Barr Smith, one of the owners. We tasted the 09 Savignon Blanc which was very nicely crisp as you would expect from this wine. Then we tasted the 07 Barrouge which is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc but with enough Cab to be considered a Cab and was nicley structured with a bold body. Again, the cherries and chocolate that Mrs. Hawkeye likes. The 06 Barlow Estate 100% Cab had a luscious fruity palate with strong tannins to carry the richness. The 07 Estate Grown Zin was rich berries and that Jamminess that we seem to like. The Zin and the Barrouge followed us home. The Barrrouge stands for Barr (the owner) red. Another stop you should put on your list if you like the intimate family winery. Again, we made a purchase, so were not charged a tasting fee.

Well, this is the end of our March trip. Now, we look forward to October but in the meantime, we will get to savor the wines from this trip. We will be joined by daylily friends from Kentucky and California for our October trip and we will include several from this trip on the itinerary. We did tip a glass to you all. Cheers.

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