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Hawkeye
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posted 10-19-2013 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Guys and Gals,

Last night we had one of our wine, cheese, crackers and fruit dinners. We do this maybe 2 or 3 times per month. We opened a bottle of 2008 Bennett Lane Maximus. This is their low end wine at $35.00 per bottle and in my humble opinion, the best $35.00 bottle of Cab in the valley. Over the palate, it has a lot of fruit and velvety tannins. Wine Enthusiast rated this wine at 94, not bad for a $35.00 bottle of wine.

Tonight we will be going to our favorite Italiano Ristorante, Boccaccia. We will be taking an 09 Biale Old Crane Ranch vineyard Zinfandel. Biale is one of my favorite Zin producers.

Have a great weekend.

Life is very, very good.

-Hawkeye

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 10-19-2013).]

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damombo
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posted 10-18-2013 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Bigsemi - what a great idea! Get two Thanksgivings in one year!!
Do you make yummy cheese cakes? I like yummy cheese cakes! Care to share the recipe

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bigsemi
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posted 10-16-2013 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Hey All,

Sorry it has been a while.
Last weekend we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with several friends, we opened up some nice ones.

Fantasia from the Castle to get things going.
A 2011 Chard from Razi, paired great with onion cheese tarts.
07 reserve PN from Sattui, just plain awesome.
09 P blend from Paraduxx
2011 Sauv Blac from Envy
And a 2010 Riesling from Hagafen to accompany my yummy cheese cakes.

All were big hit with our friends.

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damombo
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posted 10-15-2013 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Carjeff! I'm so glad you got to go! Isn't that a nice little restaurant? I hope the meal was good - it was pretty fabulous when we went to an event there last Spring.

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-15-2013 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Carjeff,

If you tasted with Kandice in the Biale tasting room, that was a few years ago. She really made a tasting IMHO. Now does the same thing for her own brand, J. Gregory.

-Hawkeye

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carjeff
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posted 10-15-2013 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi everyone,

Damombo - If I had known about the wine and food pairing, I would have stayed in Houston another week! Thanks to damombo for letting me know about a Biale tasting in Houston while I was there (and she was in Napa). I happened to sit next to Maggie from Biale (who poured for us, along with Kandace at the tasting room a few years ago).

I tasted 3 wines, 2011 Black Chicken, 2011 Royal Punishers Petite Sirah, and 2011 Basic Black. All 3 were excellent. The Basic Black was my favorite - a big wine, earthy and smoky, and the Black Chicken a nice peppery finish.

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damombo
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posted 10-15-2013 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi y'all - we've only been to one wine dinner at a restaurant, and it was wonderful, but we've hosted 3 wine and food pairing "events" since the end of July and are about to host one this Saturday
We are lucky to have a number of friends that allow us to go a little crazy - we go so far as to print up the menu and tasting notes - it's fun, it's educational, and we get to try some new recipes and drink good wine with good friends.
And although all are Texans (well, one Okie we allow to join in) none are rednecks (well, the Okie does love his Coors Light) and all appreciate good wine. In fact, most of these friends have visited Napa with us.
Y'all just let us know when you'll be near the Texas Hill Country and we will fix dinner for you

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mshight
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posted 10-14-2013 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
We have our share of rednecks here in North Carolina too! We used to hoard our wine that came from the wine clubs we are members of. Last year we had a tasting session with a guy at Mondavi who admonished us for waiting to drink the good stuff on special occasions. I would be really ticked off if I died tomorrow and left a bunch of really good wine behind!

My husband is the gardener -- director of an arboretum and County Extension Director. But...I think he loves wine better than plants.

We have been members of Hendry Ranch for several years but since we joined 3 new wine clubs this trip in Napa alone, some are going to have to go:-(

Sure wish we had wine dinners around here!

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-14-2013 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi mshight,

I am with you, I only share wine with friends who will enjoy them. Here in Tennessee, they are hard to come by. Most of the red necks here drink corn mash or Morgen David spritzers.

According to your email, you are a gardener. I grow, hybridize and sell daylilies. Since the economy went south, it has been more growing and hybridizing than selling.

A couple years ago, we attended a wine dinner here in Chattanooga featuring Hendry wines. Excellent wines if I remember correctly.

-Hawkeye

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mshight
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posted 10-14-2013 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
I am with you Hawkeye. We had a wine tasting (paired with food) for a few couples Saturday night because we knew they would appreciate good wine. My husband who is an educator at heart, shared some information on the wines (and wineries), grape varietals, winemaking process, tanins, etc...We decanted a 2007 Hendry Ranch Cabernet and served some dark chocolate with it. Was amazing -- almost like eating a chocolate covered cherry! No one wanted to leave the party:-) Life is good!

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mouadex
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posted 10-05-2013 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mouadex   Click Here to Email mouadex     Edit/Delete Message
thank you so much bro

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-05-2013 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings y'all and yes, I know its odd to see me over here, but we were at a tasting event last night and I wanted to share with you about these old library wines.
Actually, only one- a 2002 Cab from Spring Mountain. I believe that it was called Mandela.
What a treat - a Napa Cab with significant age by now, and tasting like a dream. Wonderful silky texture with a hint of tannin and the blackberry notes still alive. Delish.
For those of us who aren't devoted Napa fans, this could be a wine to turn you around.

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RichardSE
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posted 09-03-2013 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Tonight, I was interested in a nice red wine, after one of those days. I decide to open a bottle of 2002 Ladera Lone Canyon Cab. This wine is amazing! The last few times that I tasted this wine, I thought it was at the perfect point of tasting. This time, I think the wine could last for years. Even though it is 11 years old, it has a beautiful deep red color without any browning. There's still lots of Howell Mountain black fruit on the nose followed by some chocolate overtones. The first thing thing that hits you is all the fruit in the wine. Black berries, chocolate on the front of the palate and vanilla and sweet tannins on the end. It's still vibrant with lots of sweet and integrated tannins. The acids are holding up extremely well and the finish just keeps on going and going. I can understand why Harlan decided to buy this vineyard. I wish I had many more bottles to drink this 5, 10 and 15 years from now. I guess I could do that, but I don't know if I want to wait that long between tastes!

Since this is the "wineries to visit board," I will also say that Ladera does a great job in their tasting room. I have not had a bad visit there! Last year after the harvest, I brought a few friends for a tasting. We had the tour as well as the tasting. The tasting was in the cave at the big table where we tried a number of wines including an older Howell Mountain cab whose vintage I can't recall without looking at my notes. The incredible thing about our tasting was that not only did we get a barrel tasting, we got a vat tasting! Something I've never had before, wine so young it was a few days from being placed into barrels for aging.

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ssala
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posted 04-16-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Too funny! Thanks!!
We are definitely looking forward to the trip. Near the end of March I had an appendectomy and then had to go back less than a week later with an infection.
The weather in Denver has been typical for spring-sixties one day, snow the next. So I'm looking for some consistent sunshine and warmth. Scott

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damombo
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posted 04-16-2013 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I have a little story about our first Dutcher Crossing experience - just shows what a doofus I can be:

We stopped in just because we were driving by - we don't usually have many chances to do that because I tend to plan our itinerary to the nth degree. We were the only ones in the tasting room, but there was a group outside doing something. We were enjoying the young man who was pouring the wines, and REALLY enjoying the wine (just perfect for our palates!), when a fellow came into the tasting room. He stood next to me and asked the kid behind the counter for a merlot or something to use outside with the blending group - smarty pants me, I scoot the dump bucket over to him and said "how about this?!" He looked startled, but then grinned and thanked me but declined, leaving with his bottle. Then the young man behind the counter smiled and said "I should have introduced you to our winemaker" GREAT! I'm sure I impressed the heck out of the winemaker Anyway, they all have a sense of humor and are fun folks to visit - and the wine is always so yummy! Pefect jamminess in their zins

Have a fun and productive trip!

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ssala
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posted 04-16-2013 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Dutcher Crossing is on our list for our upcoming trip!

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damombo
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posted 04-15-2013 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I know what you mean - call me a snob or selfish or whatever you want to - I don't share the good stuff with someone who won't appreciate it.

I do enjoy bringing out wines and sharing with friends who have visited Napa with us. Sharing a bottle with someone who has been to that particular winery with us always brings back fun memories of the visit.

We enjoyed a lovely Dutcher Crossing Merlot the other night - a 2008 Nelson Vineyard. It was rich and lush and yes, quite yummy

I agree, life is very, very good.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-15-2013 07:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We have opened several bottles of wine the last few days. We have had friends visiting who appreciate good wine. We don't share with the ones who don't know a Kelham Cab from Two Buck Chuck. Call me a snob, but that is just how I feel.

Now for the wines. We had a bottle of 2006 Chase Zinfandel that was very fruity with a nice finish. Mad your palate want more.

The next bottle was a 2007 Wilson Zin, Carl's Vineyard, which was outstanding with an Italian meal at one of our favorite restaurants. It was very yummy (for damombo) with a silky smooth finish.

We ended the evening with a bottle of 2008 Keever Cab. After drinking, I could not understand why we purchased this wine. I was just not impressed. I guess we purchased it because we visited and I hate to make an appointment visit without purchasing something.

Life is very, very good.

-Hawkeye

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