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posted 10-23-2012 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the report Hawkeye. I am sorry you didn't get to taste the songbook. It was even better when I had a bottle at home. I agree $150 was mighty steep but it is the best I have had. I brought home two bottles and am trying to justify getting some more. It's funny how good it may or may not be at a tasting and then you get it home it is somehow different. Anyway thanks for the great trip report.




posted 10-18-2012 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
GOOD GRACIOUS MAN! You have already posted trip reports and you haven't even been home 12 hours???? That is setting the bar pretty darned high

I have enjoyed Day 1, off to read the rest!!

Welcome back!


posted 10-18-2012 03:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We left the house at 4:30 AM on Thursday, October 11 for our trip to Wine Country and arrived in Sacramento about 10:15 AM PDT. After a quick car pick up at Dollar, we headed toward Napa and after a quick lunch stop, were on the road again.

Since we arrived in the Valley early, we picked up a couple of shipping boxes from Buffalo Shipping so we could just pack our purchases as we went. Had also printed off their shipping sheet so I could fill that out as we went . . . smart move except for the fact that 2 boxes were not enough. We hadn't intended to purchase more than two cases, but you know how that goes.

Also, since we were early, we decided to make a "free lance" stop at Clif Lede, one of my favorite Cab houses in the past. Not this time! It seemed like everything we tasted was not pleasing to our palates. I don't think that it could have had anything to do with the Quarter Pounder I had for lunch . . . remember, I said it was quick. Reb had mentioned their Songbook, but at $150.00, (not tasting) and not caring for their other wines we tasted, I was afraid to pull the trigger for a couple bottles.

Our first scheduled tasting was at Venge (pronounced with a hard "G") which is just below Calistoga on the Silverado Trail. We purchased their wines on our trip last October and found them to be very delightful. We brought home their Spettro Proprietary blend (48% Sauvignon Blanc, 26% Chardonnay, 13% Viognier, 8%) which was very fresh and crisp, the Scout's Honor Proprietary Blend (a Zin blend), and their 2010 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet which is one of my favorite Cabs.

We had time to make one more visit before checking into our Calistoga Hotel, the Stevenson Manor Best Western, so we made our annual trek to Bennett Lane, OMG what an incredible array of Cabs and Cab blends. We ended up sending a mixed case home consisting of the 2006 Reserve Cab, 2008 Lynch Family Cab, 2008 Reserve Cab, and 6 bottles of the 94 point Maximus Blend, all incredible wines. Happy was me.

After checking in, we met two of our group and headed for dinner at the Silverado Brewing Co. I figured that after all the wine I had consumed today, that a beer would be welcomed.

Second day on the Sonoma Board.



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