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yesilovewine
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posted 10-16-2012 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi again.
I thought it might be helpful to add some tasting notes for the wines we liked best. When re-reading it didn't seem like I gave y'all much to go on. so here is a bit more on our favorites of the day...
Hawkes-
they use Old barrels on their Chard, so it doesn't get that buttery flavor that we don't care for. Its a nicely rounded Chard that feels good in your mouth.
Merlot- this is definitley a CAb drinker's Merlot. You can taste the layers of flavors and the structure. Its bold for a Merlot, but that would of course appeal to us- it may not appeal to a Merlot afficionado.
Stryker- reiterating the disappointment in the wines, just too soft. And that Merlot was released too early in our opinion- very sharp and "young" on the palate.
Soda Rock- It has come a long way since our first visit. Now they offer 2 or 3 on site lodging options ( including in the old watch tower!) and they have a resident artist that creates works for sale. The Wilsons have really done a good job with this property IMO, and Grace, the hostess is just precious.
From Harvest Fair, one of the great surprises to me was the Carol Shelton Pinot.
Y'all know that we aren't Pinot fans usually, but this was really a very nice wine. Its the first Pinot she has made in - I think she said 10 years- not since her days at Davis, I believe. Anyway, a surprising offering from a Zin Queen and worth pursuing.
I suspect that one of the reasons for my poor performance with note taking this year was the plethora of foods available...and the enormous crowd. In the last few years, when they divided the Friday tastings into 3 sessions, there weren't so many folks vying for space at the tables so you could really get to a lot of vendors. And in those days the pourers where just volunteers or winery staffers ( like tasting room extras) so you didn't often get to talk with the main players of the wineries. This new format brings winemakers, growers, and owners to the event and makes them available to you, and that's nice, but some folks dominate them to the degree that you can't even get to the table to get the wine, much less talk to the principals involved. So, lots of distractions plus our earlier foray out to the wineries just didn't produce my best work.
Looks like the Sonoma town day is pretty well discussed, but did have a couple of side notes to offer.
Haywood- Apparently after Mr. Haywood sold his business he had a change of heart. I didn't get the "Scoop" on that transaction, but apparently he has started a new label called Peter Cellars ( or Sellers, not sure which).
Roessler- the brothers were bought out by the Hall family, who re-named those wines WALT. The boys have started a new label, called R2 ( like in "Squared") and have a tasting room off of Sonoma Square. I haven't got the exact location, but from what I was told I think its over by "the Red Grape".

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-11-2012 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, this was the day of the HF Grand Tasting, so another short touring day- or it SHOULD HAVE BEEN...
First Stop- Robert Young
We really didn't think that this was such a great stop. The server was not very engaging and the wines just weren't that good, IMO.
Next-Hawkes
Great wine and very fun visit hosted by "Alex"- a real " piece of work"
Wines tasted:
2011 Home Chardonnay- very nice Chard
2007 AV Merlot- 100% Merlot with age-worthy structure
2008 AV Cabernet- estate vyd blend with tons of clear fruit and a loong cherry finish
2008 Pyramid Cab- too much "leather" for my taste
Next stop- Stryker
Haven't been to Stryker for several years and wanted to give the Rockpile Cab a try- of course they were out
But across the board we found that the Stryker wines were limp and without the robust character that we had seen in the early visits; a disappointing experience
wines tried:
2009 Oz
2009 Patty's Patch Estate/ AV
2009 Rockpile Merlot- still very young and it bites back
2005 Two Moon Vyd Merlot- high alchohol
2011 Estate Vyd Chard/ AV-
Next visit- Soda Rock
You must go here and see Grace- she is a hoot and a half and really knows the wine
Tasted:
2006 Sauv. Bl
2009 Sauv. Bl
2010 Sauv. Bl
2011 Merlot Rose`
2010 Wentworth Zin and 2010 REserve Wentworth Zin in a side by side
They were sold out of the primotivo and the Rockpile Reserve Zin that we wanted to try
Being Wilson club members, we had no tasting fee

Harvest Fair- I apologize for not being as diligent with notes this year as in the past. Somehow this year we got off our usual well-organized game so my notes are few and far between. Here is what I've got:
Favorites aside from the Sweepstakes winners:
2010 Wilson Dianes Vineyard Reserve- luscious zin with all the right "stuff"
and the 2010 Sonoma Valley Port by Chris Loxton- another stellar example of his port wine.
Other wines tasted-( no particular order)
2011 Armida RRV Chard- imagine, Armida making a rock star of a chard! took Double gold in $20-29 class
2010 Carol Shelton Pinot/Larsen Vyd/ Carneros- a very nice pinot- she calls it a "Zin drinkers pinot" and I would agree
2009 Williamson Trinity Enchant
2011 Mauritson Sauv. Bl
2009 Hook $ Ladder " The Tillerman"
2009 Paradise Ridge Hoenslaars Vyd Zin
And that is all that I have notes on. Shame on me!
Saturday- Sonoma Town day
Mostly tasting rooms with the exceptions of Buena Vista, which we did not stay because the stench of septic system was so prevelant at the tasting room. Quite honestly don't know how anyone could have gotten any sense of the wines in there. Very nice renovation is underway at the hands of the new owner- JC Boissett; and Sebastiani which was a surprise- do visit just to see the carved barrels in the room adjacent to the tasting room and gift shop.
At the Plaza- do pick up one of the new "Sonoma Plaza Wine Walk" maps that shows the location and hours for all the places around the plaza!
WALT- used to be Roessler Cellars, now owned by the Hall family in Napa, still pours some Roessler labels as well as WALT
tasted: 2010 WALT LaBrisa SC Chard
2010 WALT LaBrisa SC Pinot
2009 Roessler "Red Label" SC Pinot
2010 WALT Blue Jay Pinot/ AV
2009 Roessler Griffins Lair - WAAY smokey
2009 Roessler Sandford & Benedict Pinot/ SRH
next; Spann Vyds
These wines were ok, but we had already had many wines we liked better
OMG Three Barrels
2009 Cab Franc
2010 Malbec
2009 Top of the World Cab
next
Glen Lyon and Two Amigos
YOu all know my affection for Squire Fridell and Glen Lyon, and this is his 2nd venture at Two Amigos
Guido's Vino Rosso- a Cab, Zin, Merlot, Syrah blend that is really tasty and would make a great everyday wine
2006 Two Amigos Cuvee Classico- great Merlot-based cuvee
2011 Tirare il Dito- syrah/cab blend
2011 Two Amigos Vino Rosato- great rose`
2010 Two amigos Sauv. Bl
2010 Two Amigos Chardonnay- GREAT expression of Pure Chard! No oak, no ML fermentation
2011 Two Amigos Wee Moor-port-style wine that has no brandy, but uses grape spirits. Its unusual and really good.
next- Haywood
I went on and on about how much we loved the Haywood property after our visit with the Gems of Sonoma tour and at that time there was no tasting room. Well, now there is and we had:
2010 Chardonnay
2008 Los Chamizal Zinfandel
2008 Morning Sun Zinfandel
2008 Rocky Terrace Zinfandel
2008 Cab Franc
They were out of the Primotivo
Peter Haywood is a wonderful man and makes teriffic wines so go visit the tating room
last stop, Sebastiani-
2008 Barbera
2010 Malbec
2008 SV Syrah
2009 AV Cabernet
2008 Cherryblock- its good, but its not a $90 wine in our opinion
Our server was Sandy is and she was awesome
Getting long again, new page
Then we had dinner at Saddles, and it was, as always, wonderful.

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