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posted 08-03-2012 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Chris,

You are correct, there are so many good wines out there and so many great people. I think of Jeff Blaum at Chase Family, Lisa Redmon Mangelson at Redmon, Chris Jambois at Black Sears, Mark and Kandice Jessup at J. Gregory, Matt Beverly at Hope & Grace, Rollie Heitz at Midsummer (one of the nicest guys you could want to know), and I could keep going and going.

With all the nice people out there, we don't need to waste our time with those that are not.



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posted 08-03-2012 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gcb17   Click Here to Email gcb17     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, I think you make a great point about treating customers well. We have been pretty fortunate in meeting great people at most of the wineries we have visited. I agree with your approach, and frankly there are several great wineries out there so we can be a bit selective based on the overall customer experience.

We also got the O'Shaughnessy notice today - very excited to have an allocation here. These are some exceptional Cabs.


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posted 08-03-2012 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We opened a bottle of 2007 Arkenstone NV Coliesum Block Cabernet tonight and had it with a prime filet, shrimp cocktail and fresh Harticorts. The Cab, although not exceptional like the 2007 Spottswoode or the 2001 Kelham, was above many. I believe the bottle we have left needs another 2 to 5 years to be at peak.

CORRECTION - I meant Kelham above, not Kelman. My mistake but corrected.

Although this is an Anguin winery on Howell Mountain, this was not a Howell Mountain wine that I could find. I could be wrong.

Here is my dilemma. You know how we have all talked on this message board about how you are treated when tasting . . . well, the owner, when she found out that we were only going to purchase 2 bottles, could not wait to get rid of us. Her loss . . . although probably not one of her largest customers, we can be very loyal to a good wine. I guess what I am saying, no matter how much I liked this wine, I would not return and purchase more.

Wineries need to learn to treat people with respect, you never know who you might be serving. That is my 2c worth.

On another note, I received notice today that the 2009 O'Shaughnessy cabs will be released this fall. There are two, the Howell Mountain Cab which was awarded 95 points and the Mount Veeder Cab that was awarded 96 points by Robert Parker's "Wine Advocate". I am a member of this wine club and I can highly recommend their wines. Some of you who have tried to visit have found that they are sold out of most of their wines.


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