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Hawkeye
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posted 07-06-2011 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

The very first time we visited Duex Amis, I was quite impressed with a couple of their wines. In fact, I wrote a glowing report which may be why you stopped there. About a year later, we visited again, and I did not believe it was the same winery. For my palate, I could not find a wine I liked.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-05-2011 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Deux Ami....its diminished since we bought it 4 years ago. Its almost bitter but interestingly there is a chocolate note that still lingers.
Don't know that I'd recommend it, but it may be worth a visit just to see what's new.

By the way....borrowed a laptop.... Get it for 3 more weeks!

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-01-2011 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
The "Band Blend" by Little Vineyards found its way to our table tonight and I am so glad. We purchased this as a " courtesy" buy during our tour, and though we'd deemed it "ok" we didn't have high hopes for it. Well, let me tell you- it is an AWESome accompaniment to Papa Murphy's stuffed pizza.
The wine is somewhat tannic, and the grapes involved are not listed on the label, but it is a med. bodied red blend that has plenty of dark red fruit flavor...some plum and blackberry come to mind. The tannins cut the fat on the pizza wonderfully and the fruit was "enough" but not overpowering or overly sweet.
Visits to LIttle are by appointment but I would say that its worth your visit, especially if you are there when the owners are having a jam session.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-18-2011 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
...Hang in there kiddo.....! Hey, maybe he could trade out the meds for wine??? :0

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damombo
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posted 05-17-2011 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
CAN'T WAIT FOR THE HUBBY TO BE OFF OF PAIN MEDS!! (Knee replacement surgery was two weeks ago today) I feel too guilty to be drinking wine without him but I may just crack soon!!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-16-2011 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
On our March trip to wine country, we spent a couple days in Sonoma County. One of the wineries we tasted at our second day was Mill Creek, just south of Healdsburg. Last night we pulled the cork on a bottle of their Sonoma County 2007 Cabernet Savignon, Kreck Family Vineyards. What a nice Cab with lots of fruit and a very smooth finish. Not as bold as the Spottswoode Cab we had the night before, but it was about 1/4 the price. It is listed on the website at $34.00 but I show I paid $28.90 at the winery. Must have given me a Visa Signature Card discount. At the price, I consider this a very good buy!

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-11-2011 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings, Friends.
We had a delicious 2005 Carignane last night from Frick. Nice medium-bodied wine with mild tannins that helped it hold up to our marinated, grilled chicken very well. This is a dry wine with good fruit; you will get aromas of blackberry and black cherry with a brambly raspberry/cherry flavor. This has a nice long finish and you will want more. We do...and we just might go get some!

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-02-2011 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, damombo, as long as her elbow is in good shape, does it really matter??
We had a very nice Sauvignon Blanc last night. I picked it up in a discount bin a couple of months ago and now I wish that I'd looked for more!
2009 Vintner's Reserve Sauv. Blanc by Dancing Bull; we used to drink the mid-level Rancho Zabaco reds, so this was new for me.
Very nice dry white wine....a little pear, a little peach maybe, but not too sweet. None of that "grassy" note that turns me away from some whites. Excellent finish..lingers just enough to make you want to drink more and think about that good flavor.
We had it with peel-n-eat shrimp and a nice green salad.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 04-02-2011).]

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damombo
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posted 03-29-2011 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I am currently agonizing over the plans... too little time and we will have a newbie with us - don't want to overwhelm her, but I doubt her liver is in the same league as ours

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-28-2011 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
LOL... and whose remark is that prior to hers????

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-28-2011 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo is too busy making smart remarks on this Board to do her planning. We will probably end up having to plan it for her.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-27-2011 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
HUGE....
You 2 crack me up....
damambo- hows the April trip coming?

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damombo
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posted 03-27-2011 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
(snort!)

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-27-2011 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
So the Klinker was a klunker, then?

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-26-2011 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Tonight we opened a bottle of Klinker Brick Zinfandel and I have to say that I was really underwhelmed. It is very heavy on the licorice and tobacco aromas and then it doesn't just hit your tongue it annihalates it with tannins. Just not the style of zin we go for.
Even with nearly an hour of decanting it was just too rough to drink. Might work as a cooking wine.....

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-20-2011 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We opened a bottle of our Frick Grenache Blanc tonight to accompany NW Seafood Chowder and it was delicious. This is an off-dry wine, so I think it paired very well with the crab and salmon in the chowder.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-16-2011 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Normally, we are not Merlot drinkers, just not enough body. Yesterday afternoon we decided to take a break from life and have a glass of wine. I opened a bottle of 2004 Jessup NV Estate Merlot that we have had in our cellar for awhile. Let me tell you, this was a Cab drinkers Merlot. Very good body, bold fruit, and a smooth lingering finish. To quote Damombo, "Jammmmmmmmy".

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-13-2011 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Here's one we don't talk about much- Syrah.
St. Francis 2006 Wild Oak Sonoma County.
Deep color with lots of viscosity, a little brambly on the tongue but not biting. Great notes of dark red fruit with a fabulous finish.
It does do well with some decanting...give it 30-40 minutes and you will be rewarded with a wonderful bouquet of mocha/chocolate with a little licorice and spice.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-30-2011 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, y'all. Listen up...I have got a great Merlot for you to try. Yeah, I know...Merlot??? from a zin lover, too. But this was really, really good.
Vintage 2006, Blackstone Sonoma Reserve, Sonoma County Merlot.
Man, is this a good wine. Definitely does not drink like a Merlot at all, much more body, nice long finish and a bit of unexpected spice to it. The label on this one is not what you usually find on the grocery shelf, this one is solid black with gold lettering and really quite sophisticated looking. I am not sure if we bought it at the winery or if we may have found it at a wine shop, but you should definitely try to locate some.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-29-2011 12:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Interesting note:
I purchased a bottle of the 2007 St. Francis Red ( now called Red Splash on the label) and had that tonight. Completely different wine than the '06 -the blend is different according to the label and the taste shows it. The '07 is a "tighter" wine- not nearly as smooth as the '06, and is lacking in the lush aromas of dark fruit. '07 is definitely in need of a decanting and is really a food wine, not nearly as enjoyable on its own. The '06 is very happy to be consumed either way- its a great sit and drink but stands up well to strong flavors like tomato and basil.
I was sure that I would like the '07 better as it has a higher cab content, but no, its the '06 all the way for me.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-26-2011 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Last night we opened a bottle of 2005 Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zin. The wine was full of fruit and smooth tannins with a peppery finish, and a perfect compliment to the homemade spicy chili.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-25-2011 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
A wonderful discovery! St. Francis' 2006 RED! Wonderful balance, good rich flavor, just enough tannins to make it interesting and a price less than $15!
Bought it at Alberstons on clearance for $6.99! And at Cost Plus World market For under 12.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-24-2011 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We had a very good Sangiovese last night- from Italy, not a CA wine unfortunately.
2008 Sangiovese by DiMajo Norante- a nice spicy Sangio with good but not overpowering fruit. I got a hint of mocha on the nose, and some cherry on the palate; nice medium bodied wine, plenty of length on the finish.
Picked it up on sale for under $12 at Cost Plus/ World Market. - And is typical for us gals, I chose it over others because I liked the label. Go figure.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-24-2011 05:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We spent the weekend in Nashville, TN at a daylily symposium that I initiated 21 years ago in Chattanooga, TN and was program chairman for 13 years. At the Saturday night banquet, we carried (is that southern or what) a couple bottles of '07 Baldacci IV Four Sons Staggs Leap Cab to share at the table. Although not a big and bold as I prefer, it was a good wine to share, especially since I purchased it when they had it on sale for $17.50 (normally $35.00) For a nice table wine, it was excellent.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-22-2011 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We had a new and delicious wine tonight- 2008 Grenache Blanc by Frick. We had it with Cornish Hens and it was a delicious fit; a solid medium body wine with flavors of peach and aroma of peach trees. A minerality keeps it from being a cloying sweet wine. Left Brain says this reminds him of an unoaked Chard....

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 01-23-2011).]

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-31-2010 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We had a wonderful Merlot from Trecini Cellars 2 nights ago; 2007 Russian River Valley sonoma County. It was wonderful- smooth as silk and wonderful body. Expensive for a Merlot, but I will certainly get more.
We have become disenchanted with CSJ- it was a "go to" wine in the early days of our wine learning, but we have been repeatedly disappointed in recent years. I wonder if we need to go to the facility again and try the reserve room offerings; the regular tasting room offerings were barely even tasteable on our previous visit-yuk across the board!
'99 was about time when we started to notice a difference; perhaps they changed hands.

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damombo
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posted 12-22-2010 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Oh wow - both Merlots were good, but the 1999 - sooo smoooth and delicious. And I'm not much of a Merlot person. I guess 11 years in a bottle really does make a fine wine finer Man I'm a good sister! Sharing that bottle between 5 people! I should get points for that!

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-22-2010 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
WOW! you are providing some great options.
When we go Mexican, we like a very inexpensive sangria by Castenada. I can only find it at Cost Plus/World Market here and they only carry it seasonally.
We throw in some lime slices and sometimes a little orange and its great with fajitas or burritos.
Left BRain also likes Beaujolais with it, but that's not my favorite.

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damombo
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posted 12-22-2010 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
A cab would be perfect with Beef Wellington, but I do love Zin, and depending on that spiciness, I would like Zin with it as well.

My brothers and their wives are coming over this evening for a pre-Christmas dinner - a Fajita feast with all the trimmings - and one brother and his wife prefer Merlot with anything, because Merlot is the one wine that sits well with them (she sometimes has an allergic reaction). So we will be serving a 2006 Regusci Napa Valley Merlot and a 1999 Chateau St. Jean Reserve Merlot. My other sister-in-law prefers whites, so she will get to enjoy a 2009 Sterling Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino which is labeled "made with organic grapes". Ah, the label says that the grapes were organically grown using natural techniques free from artificial chemicals or pesticides. Cause I thought that all grapes, or growing things, were kind of organic, just being, right? heehee, ignore me, I'm being goofy!

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-22-2010 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds yummy...dinner and the wine!
We have an on-going debate here. Maybe you (or someone else) can help. What to serve with Beef Wellington??? I am thinking a nice Cab. Left Brain is leaning toward Zin. What's your opinion??
We have a lovely Paradise Ridge Rockpile Cab that I think will pair nicely (though I have never had Beef Wellington before). He is thinking the St. Francis or Seghesio Zin. I think zin may be too spicy.

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damombo
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posted 12-21-2010 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
How funny -yes she does have a generous mouth, but I do love her recipes

So tonight the hubs has opened a 2007 Peterson Zinfandel. I'll have to admit I'm having trouble getting a reading on the nose - the aroma of chicken fajitas grilling on the deck is filling the house AND my nose! Oh well, the taste is coming through - nice and big and jammy - a very nice Dry Creek Valley Zin. Should be delicious with fajitas!

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-20-2010 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, thanks anyway.
A Giada fan, huh? I used to watch her, but her big teeth are really distracting to me and I had to quit. Silly, I know, but I can't help it- I getr so busy watching her mouth I miss most of her instruction!

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damombo
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posted 12-20-2010 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Not a lot - I'm a Giada from FoodNetwork fan, and she made a drink for a special brunch with pomegranate, oj, and prosecco - called it a Blissini and it was rather blissful, I'll admit! So that is the only time I've had prosecco, and it was whatever they had at the store... plus, being mixed with the two fruit juices, I didn't really note what the prosecco was like.

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-20-2010 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
By the way Damambo, do you have any experience with Prosecco?

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-19-2010 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds delish, Damambo.
We enjoyed a bottle of 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from Trecini last week with what we called Chicken Oscar- boneless chicken breasts covered with a creamy crabmeat sauce and wild rice and. It was quite delish. Though I have to say, with this bottle I noted a hint of creaminess that I did not get on our original experience...I suspect perhaps a touch of viognier to round it out a little...I don't think it had oak.
As I understand it, they do not distribute out of CA, and only to a few restaurants there,which was where I first had it. (Jack and Tony's Whiskey Bar in Santa Rosa) They did pour at Harvest Fair, however.
We had a bottle of 2005 Ledson Cab earlier last week that was so bad we not only didn't finish our glasses but actually poured out what was left. It wasn't corked, it was just bad...flat, lifeless and well, yuk.
I promise, if WE threw out wine, it was really bad.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 12-20-2010).]

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damombo
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posted 12-18-2010 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
So tonight we have opened a 2008 Passalacqua Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Maple Vineyard ($40).

The Winemaker's notes on their website say: This field blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah produces wine with a deep ruby hue, sumptuous dried cherry fruit flavors and a long, toasty finish. Time in Francois Freres barrels coopered in Burgundy reveal complex flavors of coffee and cinnamon, and tame the age-worthy tannins of this vintage. This is an opulent wine; an elegant accompaniment to rich steak or duck dishes, or savored on its own.

Before I read this, Mr Damombo and I tried our hand at it. I thought I noted blueberries on the nose, maybe raspberries. We agreed on berries in general. Then we took a taste, and the spiciness was obvious, in the mouth and on the finish. It's a lovely zin, not as big and jammy as some, but we are enjoying it.

How about you? It's Saturday night! What wine are you enjoying?

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