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yesilovewine
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posted 02-28-2011 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
By the way Hawkeye, my goals for my next trip - if I ever get one- are: to visit all the vendors of Maple Vineyard that I can so I can see how the different winemakers work with those grapes; to visit all of the Wilson Artisan properties to compare their Zins, et al.; try at least 3 new restaurants one of which will have to be Cafe Citti; find at least 3 new ( to me) producers of a Rockpile appellation wine ; and finally, get over to the coast and perhaps up to Mendocino because I LOVED "Murder She Wrote".
The rest of this list is the gravy stuff that I'm still working on.
I've got 31 places on my list including the Wilson venues, so I'm really depending on your good notes from the trip this week....yours too, damambo for April.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-28-2011 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Completely agree...just didn't realize your commitment to the Mauritson. Its surely not a bad thing, mind you, we love 'em too!
Knowing that you love Wilson, as do we, have you heard of, or tried, their "Duetto"? I saw it on the website but have not seen it or been offered it in the tasting room. Thought you may know about it since y'all are club members...

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-28-2011 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Absolutely! I have really not had that much Maple Vineyard Zin, so if someone would want to send me a case, I might be better able to voice an opinion.

I am also aware that all our palates are not the same and one person's WOW, may be the next person's DOG. WOOF! Cheers.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-28-2011 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, you really like the Mauritson Rockpile better than the Passalaqua Maple?

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-28-2011 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I have tasted many Zinfandels over the years and my favorites, bar none, are the Mauritson Zins of the Rockpile Vineyard. If you go for a tasting, request the Rockpile flight if they are still doing it.

My other favorites, in no particular order are Wilson, Biale and Chase, the latter two being in Napa Valley.

I will be looking for some others next week.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-27-2011 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
The thing about Peterson's is the wine is very drinkable now, but holding on to a few years and you will see a beautiful gem.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I know them!! We preferred the Kokomo wines to Peterson's, however. BUT!that was 5 or 6 years ago, and things change....

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-27-2011 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
If your in Dry Creek two places have my favorite Zins. Nalle Vineyards have beautiful zins with low alcohol and great prices. They also make a really great chardonnay. Unfortunately they are only open on Saturdays. You can call and try for an appt. during the week. The other is Peterson's they are up by Amphora, Kokomo, Family wineries. The wines are wonderful, great price and the library wines are surprisingly affordable and amazing. My problem I just didn't buy enough.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-25-2011 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I need a comeback but don't have one...

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-25-2011 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine, Who has time to breathe. Go, go, go, run, run, run.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-25-2011 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Check the year on that Rockpile, Pooh and if its around 2007, it should be good to go..earlier and for sure it is. Just let it breathe for a half hour or so.

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Poohh66
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posted 02-24-2011 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, I can't wait to hear about all these new places you will be tasting at, I learned this last trip that I definitely want to go back just to try new to us places

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Poohh66
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posted 02-24-2011 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
awesome yesilovewine
by the way we received our club shipment from Seghesio today, in it we got some of the 2008 Sangiovese and there was a note in their flyer thingy that it should sit for at least 2 years, I am wondering if maybe that is why some of the previous ones I didn't like as much, perhaps we missed that small detail before
We also got some Old Vine and I went through what we had from before and I have a couple of the Rockpile which you seem to really enjoy so I am going to give it another try SOON !!! will let you know ....

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-24-2011 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh and Pooh....about the vacay...I figured that out, too...S-P-AHHHHH! I figure that it will take multiple trips too!! And oh yeah, they serve wine!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-24-2011 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Poohh66, we will be going back the last of October, probably arrive on 27th and home on Nov 2. Will be checking out some of the new to me wineries next week as possible tastings for my group in October.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-23-2011 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well I am a HUGE fan of Harvest Fair, so let me know if you have questions about it. It is always the first full weekend of October. The weekend prior is the Harvest Gala, and that is when the winners of the Harvest Fair wine competition are announced. I haven't been to that one.
The main thing that you need to know is that the first day of the Harvest Fair is the best day to go for crowd avoidance and for tasting the best wines. That Friday is when only the gold medal and better awarded wines are poured and they are arranged by varietal, so its easier to do comparisons and really think about the wines. Saturday and Sunday they pour anything that was entered in the contest and they are arranged by where the winery is located- which AVA- so it cn be a little hard to keep track of.

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Poohh66
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posted 02-23-2011 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
I am sorry to hear that your vaca got canceled, bummer

We had 3 gorgeous day and two rainy/cold ones, really enjoyed this trip though, had some pretty good wines, bought way too much, the boxes are starting to arrive and we have no place to store it, so now looking into turning a closet into a wine cellar.... needless to say, this is serious stuff now

We have also decided that we want to go back sometime in the fall, I was thinking toward the end of October but now that I have been reading about the Harvest Fair we are thinking more like the end of September

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-23-2011 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh Pooh, I'm here. My vacay got cancelled.
I think my PC is too big for a carry on... so leaving it behind is a given. Not a bad thing, really.
So glad that you were posting during your trip, though.
Sounds like the weather could have been better but the wines were just fine. Of course, they usually are, huh?

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Poohh66
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posted 02-23-2011 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine my laptop travels with me everywhere, not sure what I would do without it specially for two weeks your posts will be missed, so hurry up and come back !

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-23-2011 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
damambo,
I was just reading the Unti website and I think you may want to put them on your next itinerary...The zin description seems to fit your palate profile. Jammy!
I've read about Unti on TA in the past and some of the folks I repect there suggest them.

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damombo
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posted 02-18-2011 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
No computer where you are going? egads!!
Well, at least there will be wine I hope...
See ya when you get back!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-18-2011 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Friends, I will be away from the computer for about 2 weeks....mine isn't portable like Pooh's!
I'll try to catch up when I can get back to it.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-17-2011 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Really, just about anything red for you, right damambo??
There really is something about those Rockpile wines, isn't there???
YUM-BUNNIES!!!
As you two get through your Spring itineraries, keep an eye out for either area and post here if you find some, ok? I have to sit here in the soggy valley and wish I were there....

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damombo
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posted 02-17-2011 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye You know me so well!!!!
heehee, but it really wasn't meant as an insult - just joshin' ya
and my Irish eyes do sparkle and shine at the thought of many a zin... and cab... etc

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-17-2011 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo, is "Bless your heart" an insult in Texas as it is in Tennessee?

Yesilovewine, I really haven't done much in the Cab range in Sonoma. I do have a 2004 Alexander Valley Vineyards Alexander valley Cab in my cellar. Just received the AVV Alexander Valley Schoolhouse Cab and their 05 Cyrus today. What I have had from them has bee pretty good. I also hav had recently a Robert Young AV Cab that was just okay.

Other tha that, I can't comment too much. Will look a little closer in a couple weeks.

L

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damombo
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posted 02-17-2011 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Why I do declare, Hawkeye, you might just be right (bless your heart)

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-17-2011 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Don't know, damambo, why Passalaqua isn't getting any more grapes....somewhere I heard that if the Maples are not happy with the wine then they don't renew the contracts, but honestly, that Maple Zin at Passalaqua is about as good as it gets (well, except for Dutcher Crossing.. )so I expect there is more to it than I heard.
Hawkeye, I love a good Cab too. In order to keep this idea, going on the Sonoma board anyway, would you start a list of good Cab places in Sonoma County? We have been so focused on Zinfandel and what I call the "off beat" varietals the last couple of years that I have lost track of the good Cabernet places on the Sonoma side of the mountains.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-17-2011 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We are going with a small group in October and Segeshio and Stryker are on our list to taste. Also, we will taste at Williamson because they enjoyed it so much last October. Also thinking of tasting at Sausal, Alexander Valley and Hanah because we have not tasted as a group in the Alexander Valley as yet. Would love to get to Wilson. I think across the board, their wines are about as good as you can get for the price point. I absolutely love their Zins. This would be a one day schedule with the other 2 days in Napa. Just can't get Cabernet out of my mind!

I am hoping that my trip the first of March will prove to be a great one. 2 days in Sonoma County and 2 1/2 days in the Napa Valley. Lots of new wineries (to us) in both places.

Damombo, I think probably most wines make your eyes sparkle. Cheers!

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damombo
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posted 02-17-2011 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Interesting! I wonder why Passalaqua isn't going to be getting anymore from Maple? We did enjoy their zins last November... sent home an assorted case, but we haven't delved into that case quite yet.

Rockpile does make my eyes sparkle. We love our Stryker and Seghesio, and whenever I see that designation I know it's gonna be yummy!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-16-2011 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Just a note to follow up on a previous thread somewhere....
We have come to love the wines from the Maple Vineyard designation and I recently found my list of wineries that have access to these grapes. The Maples are VERY particular about who they sell to, so it is really something of an honor to "be allowed" to produce wine from their vineyard.
According to my information, Armida, Dutcher Crossing, Bella and Mazzocco are currently getting the grapes and producing recent vintages. Passalaqua and Lambert Bridge have sourced from there in the past and may still have some Maple wines but they will not be getting grapes any longer so if you try it there and like it, buy what you can.
Carol Shelton had a Maple Zin that they poured at the Harvest Fair, so they may also be current recipients but they aren't on my list.
Our other favorite area for Zinfandel is the Rockpile AVA. There is something about Rockpile wines.....can't put a finger on it but they are just "WOW"! to us.
The following are wineries that I know which produce Rockpile designated wines, but I am sure there are probably others: Mauritson, Seghesio, Paradise Ridge, St. Francis, Stryker, Carol Shelton and Trecini.
There are lots of good zins out there, but we have found that wine from these 2 areas is consistently delicious regardless of the vintage or the producer, so if you are looking for some places to go to try Zinfandel I would recommend any of these as good starting places.
If someone could pick this up with other varietals on a new thread I think it might be a helpful thing to get and keep going...what do y'all think???

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