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damombo
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posted 11-03-2012 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
DONE! I'm taking you with me on the next trip so you can take notes for me and write the report - I told you it was setting the bar too high when you posted your report so quickly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-03-2012 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

Welcome home. Thanks for the report, now where is the rest of it?

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-02-2012 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Nice report. Looking forward to hearing about your Sonoma days...

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damombo
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posted 11-02-2012 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We landed in Oakland on Saturday around mid-day, got our rental car, and headed next door to Alameda - we wanted to check out Rock Wall and Rosenblum before heading to Napa. Sampled several nice zins at both places, enjoyed the area (had been a Naval base, it looks like), and then got on our way to Calistoga. (Had a great lunch at RockWall - they have a food truck on-site that made amazing sandwiches)

We stopped in Yountville first. Dropped by Napa Style to check out Chiarello’s wine, and were sad to see that a couple were already sold out. Even sadder to see that they had raised their prices, but I suppose that is to be expected. Anyway, we left and wandered down to Somerston wines, and I’m very glad we did! Lovely tasting room and wonderful wines! We tasted their Priest Ranch wines and sent a mixed case of Sauv Blanc, Petite Sirah, Zin and Cab home. I would recommend you stop here next time you are in Yountville. (The tasting room has a great wooden tasting bar that I think she said was made by the father of the Somerston owner.) There is an option to taste at the Estate, which is way up Sage Canyon Road - I do believe we will try that on our next trip! Looks gorgeous!!

Last stop of the day was Ma(i)sonry. I asked about the parentheses - they said the owner, who also has art displayed, thought it looked more “arty” I like that - no real deep meaning, just liked the look! This was a fun experience - we sat out behind the building, surrounded by sculptures and water feature sculptures and a few dancing sheep (my personal favorites). Our host, Daniel, was wonderful. I think he was fairly young (not even 30!), but he was very knowledgeable and quite welcoming - he showed us the overwhelming tasting menu and let us look it over. They do have several set tasting options, but then they also let you make your own flight. He came back and we discussed what we wanted to do. He talked to us about our general preferences and then suggested a few wines - we wisely decided to let him guide us. His choices were excellent and we were quite wowed with the wines. We tried Blackbird Vineyards Arise (a merlot, cabernet, cab franc blend), Casa Piena Our Gang Cab (a fellow named Thomas Brown is the winemaker), and a TOR Cabernet. All wonderful wines. Then he brought us a taste of the Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvee, which was spectacular, but at $135/bottle, we couldn’t bring ourselves to splurge so early in our trip. We did send home a mixed case, and I’m really looking forward to these wines!

Day 2 was spent over in the Dry Creek area of Sonoma, so I’ll post over there...

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