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Hawkeye
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posted 02-24-2011 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Would suggest that you email the winery.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-24-2011 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
A little off topic here, but those of you who have been to Passalaqua...did you notice the etched bowl on the tasting counter? The deep red one?
I have lost my little slip of paper about it that had the artist's name and I was thinking of ordering one. Anybody happen to have that info?

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-12-2011 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
From the whole county:
In no particular order...

Wilson: 2004 Tori Vineyard Estate Zin Dry Creek Valley

Stephen & Walker Trust: 2008 Dry Creek Valley

St. Francis: 2006 Old Vine Amann Vineyard

Seghesio: Rockpile Zinfandel*
* REally any Rockpile Zinfandel we've had thus far has been great, regardless of producer

Dutcher Crossing: 2007 Dry Creek Valley Maple Vineyard

Mauritson, Stryker and Passalaqua are also big favorite producers, but these wines were standouts for us

Carol Shelton's 2006 Bacchus Laureate Dry Creek Reserve is also excellent, but its outside the price point.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-11-2011 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Do the county.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-11-2011 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, I don't know what you were caught at, but do you still want to limit the answers to the Sonoma Valley only?

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-11-2011 05:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
So, I have been caught!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-10-2011 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, they are all in Sonoma COUNTY, but none are in Sonoma VALLEY which is what your original post specified. Maybe you didn't realize that Sonoma Valley only goes up to about Santa Rosa; then you get into the Russian River and Green Valleys and then Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys and it all gets confusing because they overlap!
The ones you mention are all in Dry Creek Valley and Russian River.
Just want to be sure I'm answering what you meant to ask; if you are counting the whole county then my answer is different.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 02-10-2011).]

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-10-2011 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Which one of these is not Sonoma?

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-10-2011 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Now Hawkeye, you said we had to choose only wines from Sonoma VALLEY.....!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-08-2011 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Of the wineries I have visited in Sonoma County, these are my 5 favorites.
WILLIAMSON WINERY - Just off the Healdsburg square and the offer a wine and food pairing which is FREE. Excellent wines, also.

WILSON WINERY - For Zinfandel's, I find it hard to beat Wilson's award winning wines especially at their price point. On Dry Creek Road.

MAURITSON WINERY - On Dry Creek Road, their Rockpile Zins are fantastic.

PASSALACQUA WINERY - Again in the Dry Creek area. They had a very nice Maple Vineyard Zin.

SIMI - I just like the ambiance.

I know after my trip in March that this list will change.

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damombo
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posted 02-06-2011 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I'm with yesilovewine about Ledson. We just got some of their Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2007 and It is - you guessed it!- big and bold and jammy Deeelicious!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-05-2011 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well Hawkeye, you had to make us think about this one. I don't really keep track of prices, but we have a standing house rule of $50 limit for anything we buy. Sometimes something of higher price comes through with the club mailings, but we drop clubs that do that. The one and only exception that I can think of is the Amann Vineyard, and I believe they were $65.
St. Francis: 2006 Dry Creek Valley Old Vines Zinfandel Amann Vineyard
also : 2005 Pagani Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel Sonoma Vineyard

Ravenswood: 1998 Vintner's Blend Zinfandel

Ledson: 2005 Russian River Valley Claptons Vineyard Zinfandel

Paradise Ridge: 2006 Zinfandel Hoenselaars Vineyard Russian River Valley Sonoma County

Paradise Ridge may be on the border of where you have in mind, but I put them in anyway.

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damombo
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posted 02-05-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Well, first of all, I'm not at all sure I can do just 5
Stryker, Seghesio, Coppola Director's Cut, Wilson, Passalaqua - those are the wineries that first come to mind. There are multiple zins at most of those wineries and each one has it's strengths. I wouldn't turn down a bottle from any of 'em! And generally speaking, wasn't 2007 a wonderful year for zins?

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-05-2011 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Let's suppose that we have one day to taste Zinfandel's in the Sonoma Valley (notice, I said Valley) and also suppose that you could manage to taste at 5 wineries. Let's also propose that the cost of these Zin's could be up to $75.00 for a 750L bottle. We are not going to take tours or rate tasting rooms. Let's limit the area to just south of Healdsburg, the Dry Creek Road area, and the Alexander Valley to select these wines. We want your five favorite Zins!

1. What 5 Zins would you select? (winery, year, vineyard, etc.)

I will post my 5 when you all have posted yours.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 02-05-2011).]

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