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posted 10-16-2012 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Lucky You!!


posted 10-16-2012 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

Haven't met Kim yet. We usually have a private tasting with Colleen (one of the owners), or Jose. We met with Sharon at The Terraces last year, and I believe Hawkeye has them on his list for his current trip.

The Howell Mountain is a little outside our comfort zone too, but was included in their wine club shipments when we were members. I still have a few stashed away.


posted 10-15-2012 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi 'jeff.
Yes, we did have the Howell Mtn. Cab...I see that I failed to mention it- sorry for the omission. I have: " full body. cherry and plum notes, nice pepper."
It had a spicy character that I enjoy- and if it weren't $79 we might have bought some, but that's outside our comfort zone.
- Well, that and the 4.5 cases we'd already bought...
Do you know Kim on the staff there? She served us and when we became so interested in the Howell Mountain area, she strongly suggested that we contact her friend Sharon at one of the wineries up there. We didn't have time to try and add anything to the day, but you might ask her about The Terreces when you are there next.
I think that the Merlot was probably my favorite there. Its a Cab drinker's Merlot.
The Cab Franc was really nice, too...would be wonderful with venison or a beef stew. Great tannic structure...
hmm, I'm getting hungry...


posted 10-15-2012 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

Glad you enjoyed Goosecross. It's the first winery I ever went to in Napa. Still one of my favorites. We try to visit every trip. Since you mentioned Howell Mountain, were they pouring their Howell Mountain Cab? I didn't see it on your list.

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posted 10-11-2012 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, 'Reb-
We took our leftover BBQ and had a picnic at the end of the lane where Goosecross is located. It was very enjoyable, though.
Kinda sad...the farm across the street had torn out about 30 rows of vines and they were all heaped in piles in the field...it looked so sad
I can tell you that the BBQ came from a GREAT spot in Santa Rosa called Sweet T's.
Terific pulled pork! Southern size portions and very good.


posted 10-11-2012 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
A good day in Napa Valley!

We visited Paraduxx a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the outside tasting - very relaxing and a nice change from a stand up tasting at a bar.


posted 10-11-2012 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the report and so glad you ventured across to Napa. What about the food? Any good meals?


posted 10-11-2012 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, we really did go to Napa for a day y'all, and it was a fun day. We trekked across the mountain from our Santa Rosa lodging by taking Calistoga Rd to Petrified Forest Road and, though a little sketchy in a few spots, it wasn't a bad ride. There were some spooky moments going down with such a steep drop to my right, but not debilitatingly scary.
We were fairly aimless in our approach to the day, but we did start with a list. Here is where we went:
Raymond- I have previously had only one bottle of Raymond and we'd deemed it the best wine we'd ever had, so of course we had to go try them out. Here's what we tried:
2011 Sauv. Blanc reserve
2011 Chardonnay Reserve
2008 Merlot Reserve
2011 Barrel to Barrel Cab
2009 Reserve Cab ( the one we had was a 2005)
2009 Zinfandel
We were not overly impressed with the wines or the facility. The "Crystal Room" is where they have their steel fermentation tanks and have hung some chandeliers...the "coolness" was lost on us.
This was a great experience- had a lovely day to sit outside and taste and our server was not only gracious but well versed in the wines too...sorry I forgot to write down her name. This is usually by appointment, but they had vacancies so we were able to be "walk-in"s. We tried:
2010 Migration
2011 Paraduxx Rose`
2009 Napa Valley "Z" Blend> 2009 Napa Valley "C" Blend>
these 2 are different combinations of the same grapes, with the "Z" blend being Zin predominant and the "C" being Cab predominant
2009 Rector Creek Vyd ( Zin/Cab blend)
2009 Howell Mountain ( Also Zin/Cab)
2009 Canvasback
Ok, so NOW I "get" this affinity y'all have for Howell Mountain; its like Rockpile for me in Sonoma.
We went here to actually try the wine we purchased as a wedding gift recently. We are proud to have chosen this wine and if you haven't made your way here, you should. They too are by appointment only, but we didn't realize that and they had room at the bar so allowed us to taste. And we had...
2009 Chenin Blanc
2009 Estate Chardonnay
2010 Temperanillo
2009 Syrah
2008 Napa Cabernet
2009 Merlot- this is a Cab drinkers Merlot
Non-vintage Amerital
2009 NV Cabernet Franc
2006 aeros- Beautiful cab but at $165 its way too rich for me
Again, all the wines were tasty and we are glad to have seen what they have to offer.

Last stop..Merryvale
We shared a bottle of Merryvale Cab with friends some years back and had enjoyed it so much that I wanted to be sure and try some others. This was a surprisingly enjoyable visit without the slightest bit of pretentiousness . We tried...
2008 NV Merlot
2008 NV Cabernet- bordeaux blend
2009 Profile, NV Proprietary blend
2009 Oak Knoll Cab
2009 Cab Franc
2009 St Helena Cab
I seem to be too wordy in my postings so I've made this pretty bare-bones for detail so that the system will accept my post. Please feel free to ask any questions about the wines or the wineries and I'll try my best to answer.

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