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posted 10-16-2012 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, so here are the " I forgots" for this day...
At Bella we had quite a few wines, but I seem to have lost those notes. I can tell you that the Grenache was teriffic and the Lily Hill Zin is still a bit young but should smooth out nicely. On the weekends, they have a small pairing available that is kinda interesting; its separate from the regular tasting and is a specially prepared item which they showcase against 3 or 4 of their wines. I believe it was a pumpkin rissotto that they offered, and then 4 wines to taste with it. Seasonally appropriate and a great way for you to consider options I thought; instead of the usual " this goes with this, and this goes with this" it shows several ways that one flavor can be approached.. "look at the things we offer that go with pumpkin". Maybe not so cool for you "foodie" types out there, but for the gourmet-deficient such as myself it makes sense.
I have heard a lot about Truett Hurst, so was really looking forward to that one and I just can't tell you how disappointed I was. Its true that we didn't do the whole flight, and maybe that would have made a difference, but to me, those Zins are FAR and AWAY from the usual DCV Zins that we love. They were much more like the harsh, "gritty" zins of the Sierra Foothills area...if any of you know Klinker Brick Zin, that is exactly what it reminded me of.
At Ridge, I as so bummed to not find a Rockpile wine, but it was interesting to have the Pagani Zin to mentally compare with the St. Francis version of this wine.
Surprisingly, I like the St. Fran' better. Maybe its because it's " what I'm used to", but the Ridge version just seemed lacking in the rich, round quality that the STF has for me.
What I really enjoyed there was the Buchignani Carignane. Really nice rich wine; we've chosen it as a Merlot substitute for us.
At Wilson, reiterating that you really should have the Diane's Reserve, but Jean said that she actually liked the Carl's better, but it wasn't yet released, so if its out when you get there, side-by-side the Carl's and Diane's Reserves and let me know what you think.


posted 10-11-2012 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, this was a neat day as we started by driving up to Rockpile and taking a gander at what the fuss is all about. Its a long drive out of the way, but gang, the views from there are just incredible. The valleys, the lake....it goes on forever. No wonder people like it up there. And there are both campgrounds ( run by the Corps of Engineers) and a marina ( privately owned) for those wanting to partake of some of the "others" offered by the area.
After our excursion we were hungry so we went to Cloverdale and ate at the Owl Cafe. Its a dive for sure, but the food is good.
My notes are out of order, but here is where we went:
Bella- club members so we had to stop
Preston- after all these years we just had to go, but they were so busy we did not taste. Unexpected pleasure to be there, though- very quaint and idyllic place
Passalaqua- went only for the Primotivo which they are out of
Dry Creek Grocery just to say I've been
Truett-Hurst- well. hmmm. I would say its a haven for hipsters and not my style. Place was crammed with folks so we only stayed long enough to try"
2010 Southdown Zin
2010 Rattler Rock zin
2010 Red Rooster Zin
Just not a place for me...let's leave it at that
Frick- you know how I love Bill Frick and his wines. He does not disappoint. Still grows only the Rhones and is still literally a one-man show- he has no employees. We had:
2009 Owl Hill Vyd Estate Grenach Blanc
2009 Owl Hill Vyd Estate Counoise
2009 Cinsault
He's sold out of Grenache noir
2007 Mendocino Carignane
2008 Cotes du Dry Creek- Rhone Blend of Syrah, Grenache Cinsault
Garibaldi- Estate Field Blend
I will just say this- go see Bill and buy his wine- he is a master with the Rhones and you will not be disappointed. Promise.

Still an interesting visit, but we were there in the first year they were open so its changed a LOT.
2011 TimberCrest Farm SB
wonderful wine
2008 SC Zin- its a 3-vineyard blend
2007 Chalk Hill Malbec
2007 DC Cabernet

then- Ridge
A very good visit but I was misinformed about them having a Rockpile wine. Don't recall that source, but according to our server they have never made a Rockpile wine at Ridge.
we had only:
2010 Buchignani Ranch Carignane
2009 Carmichael Ranch Zin
2010 Pagani Ranch Zin
our last stop of the day was at Wilson where we are members. I love going there and being served by Jean. She is a wealth of Wilson info and she is so pleasant to talk to. I can't find my tasting notes, but we did try a couple things not on the menu as well as several in the Reserve flight.
If you get a chance at the Diane's vineyard Reserve, treat yourself. its delicious and one of the best Wilson's that we have had in the last couple years. Hawkeye, if you see this, compare the Diane's to the Sawyer from last year and see what you think- I'd like your opinion.
another page, please...


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