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Hawkeye
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posted 10-19-2012 04:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Chris at Black Sears is very accommodating. He went out of his way to set up our picnic. I know his fame is his Zin, but the Cab was tasting really well this time. If at all possible, make the trek to O'Shaughnessy . . . the Cabs are worth the trip.

I would be surprised if we didn't come home with 6 to 7 cases following us. Ouch, when the bills come. However, I am also building up airline points for our next trip.

Have a great trip in November and be sure to send us a report, especially on Robert Craig, we have never been there.

-Hawkeye

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RichardSE
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posted 10-18-2012 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Lee,

I am currently finalizing our trip in November and I finally have been able to schedule a trip to Black Sears. Chris was very helpful in setting up our reservation. We will also be going to Ladera (I'm a club member). We're also going to Robert Craig at Howell Mountain rather than their tasting room in Napa. I'm really looking forward to that. I don't think we'll be able to fit in O'Shaughnessy this time, but last year we had a great tasting.

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damombo
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posted 10-18-2012 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
ahhh, but what a merry-go-round! I've always preferred a nice merry-go-round to a roller coaster

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-18-2012 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

I certainly agree, four days is quite enough for one trip. BUT, and that is a BIG BUT, if you are going to spend that much for transportation (especially for us stuck on Delta going through Atlanta) you might just as well spend a few more days, BUT then again a few more days results in a few more cases so you are really on a merry go round.

-Hawkeye

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 10-18-2012).]

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damombo
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posted 10-18-2012 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
A fantastic trip - I can't wait for ours! But now I'm wishing we had a day or two more.... Although I know from experience, 4-5 days is quite enough. We just need to figure out how to spend a month in the area so that we can taste for 4 days and rest for 3, then repeat for several weeks

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-18-2012 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We got up a little earlier this morning to go to Palisades Delli to purchase picnic supplies for our Howell Mountain day. If you plan a trip up on HM, you do need a picnic because there is no where up there to purchase food. If you have not ventured up on Howell, it is definitely for you Cab drinkers (and some Zins).

Our first appointment was at O'Shaughnessy Winery which would be a showplace without the wine. Betty O'Shaughnessy is the owner and is from the Corning Glass Co. family. She even has her own Lear Jet. They make two wines, a Howell Mountain Cab that was rated a 94 and a Mt. Veeder Cab that was rated 95 by Robert Parker's group. We are a members of their wine club so we will receive 3 bottles of each of the 2009 vintage in our shipment next month. I like this wine club because you only get 3 bottles each of two Cabs and only once each year. They do not overwhelm you with things that you don't like. These Cabs were tasting outstanding. I know there have been some of you who have tried to visit or who visited and they were out of one or both, so join their club . . . you won't be sorry.

The next stop was at Black Sears where we were to eat our picnic lunch. Chris Jambois, vineyard manager and married to the daughter of the owners had set us up at the top of their vineyard for our lunch. He poured his different wines for us to eat with our lunch. We came away with 3 bottles of the 2009 Black Sears Cab which is a very nice Cab considering this is a Zin house, plus 3 bottles of their 2010 Black Sears Zinfandel. Wine and Spirit magazine just named the BS Zin as the best Zin of the year. The second best also came from the BS Vineyard by another winery who purchases grapes from them. A very pleasant visit with Chris and we were able to meet his wife, Ashley. Thomas Rivers Brown is their winemaker.

The first afternoon stop was at a new winery for us, Spence ou on HM. This is the type of winery I "dig out" and like a lot . . . a one Cab family run business. We purchased the 2007 and 2008 HM Cab after sitting on their porch overlooking their landscaping and swimming pool. There were also 2 9 week old lab puppies playing in their yard . . . what else could you ask for?

Our last stop of the day (4th again) was at Ladera, one of my favorite Cab houses. Their wines were tasting especially well today and because of the nice weather, we were able to taste outside. We purchased some of their 07 HM Cab and it was a delight.

Again, I will say that if you are a Cab fan, you need to make a trip up Howell Mountain. There are more wineries up there than we visited, so you do have a great choice.

-Hawkeye

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