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Hawkeye
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posted 02-25-2011 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I will definitely try the Cab, but I imagine the 06 has now been left behind. Will see.

I just checked their website, and they are still selling it. Which Zin did you like best?

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 02-25-2011).]

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-25-2011 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
By the way, Hawkeye,
I always think of Stryker as a zin house, but it was their Cabernet that took the "Best in Show" honors at Harvest FAir this year, so be sure to try that. 2006 Alexander Valley Estate Cab.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-24-2011 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye...I've only heard the phrase used a couple of times, but I think that it refers to the way that Pinots tend to be a "soft" wine....lighter in body, silkier on the palate, lower alcohol, and made to be very food-friendly.
I also have had a few fantastic Merlots in the Cab style, and one of those is Trecini's 2007, which you should track down on this trip if you are near Santa Rosa. Honestly, if you try their Merlot and their Sauv. Blanc you will be fans for life....and I haven't even opened the Rockpile Zin yet!!
I think that they only sell from the winery, but I know that the Sauv. Blanc is in a few restaurants so I suspect the merlot may be as well. If you see it on a menu, its worth trying...trust me on this one.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-24-2011 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I have never heard of a Zin in a Pinot style! I would hope that would not be the case as Pinot is not one of my favorites. Don't misunderstand, if there is nothing other than a Pinot around, I will drink it.

Now, I have heard of a Merlot being in a Cab style. In fact, I have enjoyed some of them, a couple of the best Merlot's in a Cab styple are Merriman (just south of Healdsburg) and Sawyer in Napa.

Poohh, We are looking forward to the Ramey experience. Have not tasted their wines as yet. We are also looking forward to the Mayo wine and food tasting. I have read both good and not so good experiences. Will see. We have tasted at Rombauer several time but was never really blown away with their wines. Getting packed for Tuesday. Cheers!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-23-2011 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
You know what? I think what you 2 are talking about may be what I've heard referred to as "Zins in the Pinot style"-they are crafted as a more elegant than bold wine, if that makes sense.

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wolfman
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posted 02-23-2011 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
Oh Pooh, (sorry about that ) I know exactly what you are talking about! Rombauer is responsible for me getting interested in Zins. My favorite Zin from them used to be referred to as the "El Dorado" Zin, but from what I understand that vineyard has lost much of it's vines. The blend is still wonderful in my opinion and I am not sure if I could really tell a difference.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-23-2011 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Pooh, I think its fair to say that this group isn't too worried about pretentious wine language. We all know what we like and describe it as best we can. No right or wrong here- one of the beauties of this place.
I think that what you are saying is that the Rom' is easier on your palate; not as harsh as the Seghesio. I surely get that. I used to say that I don't like wines that "bite back" when I drink them, and it sounds like that is what you are describing. Does the seghesio taste kind of "hot" too?...burny?
They are usually pretty high alcohol wines so if you don't go for those, it makes sense that you would prefer something lighter and fruitier and maybe the Rom' is that.
For future reference, you could try decanting the Seghesio for a little longer before you drink it and see if that smooths it out for you- it could still be a little young and like you say, astringent.

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Poohh66
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posted 02-23-2011 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
~yesilovewine

I am not sure I can explain this in a "proper" wine lingo , remember I am pretty new at this, so I am going to try my best.... though I do like the Seghesio Zin, some I find to be a little on the "dry" side (if that is the correct term to use) I found Rombauer to be a little fruitier, and perhaps not as astringent and dry as Seghesio, not so much sweeter but a little easier on my pallet, a little fresher taste.... am i making sense?
Someone had suggested we visit them, then we tried a bottle of their Cab at Capital Grill (a nice steakhouse in Tampa) and we really liked it so we added it to our list.
Rombauer is in St. Helena and it has a really pretty view and a nice garden.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-23-2011 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I have been seeing Rombauer in a lot places lately- is that in Sonoma or Napa?
Pooh, can you say what it is about Rombauer that you like better than Seghesio? I really like Seghesio Zin so I'd love some feedback for comparison.

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Poohh66
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posted 02-21-2011 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye.... just wanted to say a quick Hello!!
Ramey turned out to be a great tasting for us, we enjoyed the whole line up which was pretty extensive, our favorite was probably the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Annum and the 2007 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, my husband really enjoys the Zin from Seghesio, we have been members and getting them for a few years now, in this trip I found that I prefer the Zin from Rombauer ..... Looking forward to hearing about your experience at Ramey.
I am with you damombo, I enjoyed the food as much as I enjoyed the wine
How fun that cabgirl will be joining you, this tight group of awesome people here should definitely try to all meet up in Wine Country !!!

It's a gorgeous day in Florida....Cheers!!

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damombo
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posted 02-19-2011 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
How wonderful! I guess Cabgirl must live in the area? Lucky her We had lunch at the girl and the fig a few years ago and really enjoyed it. You know me - I enjoy the meals in Wine Country almost as much as the wine!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-19-2011 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,
All but Kunde and Mayo on the first day will be new to us. We tasted at Kunde 4-5 years ago. Have tried the regular Mayo tasting room before but was not enamored with their wines. Have not tried their reserve room with a food pairing, so am looking forward to this experience.

On day 2, all of the wineries will be new to us. Suggestions for many of these came from this message board and Yesilovewine and Damombo. We are so lucky to have this medium to help us.

Our whole trip, with the exception of the first day will just be my wife and me. I believe the first day that Cabgirl and her mother will be joining us. We will be having dinner at the girl and the Fig at Cabgirl's suggestion and I believe she and her mother are going to join us. Cheers.

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damombo
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posted 02-18-2011 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Looks good! I'm looking forward to hearing about the Mayo and the St. Francis tastings - I do enjoy a pairing, so if you think that they were worth it, we will have to go.

It's just you and Mrs. Hawkeye this time, right?

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-18-2011 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I have been playing and tweaking our itinerary for our March sojourn to wine country. This is somewhat different than my original plan. I try to schedule some with appointments and some with no appointments needed so if we are running late at one, we can eliminate one of the non appointment wineries.

DAY 1
ST. FRANCIS - Fireside Characterie - No apt
PARADISE RIDGE - No apt
MAYO FAMILY - Reserve Room - Wine and Food Pairing - Apt
KUNDE FAMILY ESTATE - Kinnebrook Room - Apt
VJB CELLARS - Reserve Seated Tasting - Apt
SOJURN CELLARS - Apt
Dinner - the girl and the Fig

DAY 2
MILL CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY - No apt
EVERETT RIDGE - No apt
ARMIDA WINERY - No apt
STEPHEN AND WALKER TRUST WINERY - No apt
RAMEY WINE CELLARS - Apt
SEGHESIO WINERY - No apt
STRYKER SONOMA - No apt
Dinner - Calistoga

The majority of these wineries are new to us so we are looking forward to discovering some new wines.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 02-18-2011).]

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