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yesilovewine
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posted 11-06-2012 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Jim, are you considering other wineries for your visit? I think you're wine knowledge far exceeds mine, but we have been to quite a few Sonoma wineries and there are some that produce delicious Italian wines such as Primotivo and Barbera which you might find it fun to compare. Are your days planned out?

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jimcantwell
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posted 11-06-2012 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimcantwell   Click Here to Email jimcantwell     Edit/Delete Message
I appreciate the advice. My family and I have lived in the Lake Como area in Italy since 2000 and I know very little about American wine. I love Italian wine so if you ever need a point of view from a guy that drinks a lot of the stuff, just let me know.

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damombo
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posted 11-06-2012 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry Jim! I wasn't talking about you in particular!! Many folks drop by maybe once or twice, but some of us have been here a loooong time and enjoy meeting new wine lovers. You are allowed a few days to check back in

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-06-2012 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
No worries, Jim.
We banter alot among ourselves.
Hope that you enjoy Passalaqua- its a lovely place for a picnic and the servers are very good at their jobs.
Would HIGHLY recommend their Primotivo, if you're so inclined, and if they have released it, and if they have any of the Maple Zinfandel left you should indulge there as well.

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jimcantwell
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posted 11-06-2012 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimcantwell   Click Here to Email jimcantwell     Edit/Delete Message
To "yesilovewine" and "damombo. I'm sorry not to get back to both of you. I was traveling not able to get on the web. Thank you both for such thoughtful replies. It sounds like the Passalacqua Cab is delicious. The smokey/spicey comments almost suggest a bit of Bordeaux likeness. Additionally thank you for your comments on the winery's beauty and the beauty of the area. It sounds like a must trip. Once again, sorry for being late in my response.

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-06-2012 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo and Yes,

I think you both are a little wacky. (Did I say that?)

-Hawkeye

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damombo
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posted 11-05-2012 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We need more folks to return after their initial post! It seems there are people out there reading but not joining in with the conversation... You go ahead and talk to yourself, Yes. I don't think you're crazy ( really I don't! )

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-05-2012 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Seriously, D',
It is lonely over there on Sonoma...have you ever noticed how much I talk to myself over there??? No wonder y'all think I'm nuts...
we need more Sonoma fans like myself!

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-05-2012 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jim!
You are correct that Passalaqua is a Sonoma facility, but I'll forgive you for posting here.
Passalaqua has a lovely faciity in Dry Creek and its location is such that you have a number of great choices for other visits nearby, including Dry Creek Vineyard, and Teldechi.
I am clearing up my tasting notebook, so I happen to have the tasting sheet from there handy. Here is their description of the 2006 TR Passalacqua Cab: "A deeply colored and richly textured Cabernet. The pure blackberry-plum flavors overlay a panoply of smoke and spice from two years aging in French oak barrels."
I double starred this wine, so it must have suited us pretty well. I remember the great mouthfeel and lingering finish.
If you would like more information about the nearby wineries or other suggestions for Cabs in that area, I'd be happy to make suggestions. But would you please post them on the Sonoma board? It gets SO lonely over there...
Thanks,
"Yes"
( PS- hope you're picking up on the jesting- we "regulars" really don't care where you post; it seems that we all agree that its about the wine and the visits, not the zipcode.. )

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damombo
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posted 11-05-2012 07:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jim,
Welcome to the boards! and yes, this would fit better on the Sonoma board, so Yesilovewine is going to be sad that it isn't over there

We have enjoyed visiting Passalacqua and the area (Dry Creek) is beautiful. We mostly concentrate on their zins, but I see we do have one of their cabs, so we must have liked it too! And there are many other great wineries in the vicinity, so a day in Dry Creek will be excellent. Most wineries can be interesting once you get the host talking. Passalacqua has a lovely tasting room with a great view across the vines and it's a family winery, so some intersting history there, I would imagine.

Healdsburg is a charming little town with a great square - lots of tasting rooms, amazing restaurants and some cute shops and interesting galleries. Easy to spend a day there as well.

Again, welcome, and come on back if you have any other questions...

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jimcantwell
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posted 11-05-2012 04:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimcantwell   Click Here to Email jimcantwell     Edit/Delete Message
I realize this is not Napa Valley but could anyone share with me their comments on the Passalacqua Winery Cabernet. Is Healdsburg a nice place to visit and is the Passalacqua Winery beautiful and interesting?

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