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posted 10-16-2012 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Some additional notes:
I wanted to say here that I was surprised at the rich sensuousness of the Monte Rosso Cab at Paradise Ridge. It was a much better wine that the Elevation, and that ( Elevation) is one of my PR favorites.
And Keating-
This is a place that I will watch. They are very interested in using the old historic vineyards and I find that interesting. So much history in your glass... And he has a relationship with Bedrock winery and Morgan Peterson, whose own history interests me.

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posted 10-11-2012 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Yes - I'm going to go back over your posts and take some notes and if I have any questions, you know I'll let you know!

Hawkeye left this morning for Napa, I think Big Semi goes next week, and then it's my turn! We've really got quite the Message Board relay goin on!


posted 10-11-2012 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
So our last Sonoma day was in the valley, primarily between Kenwood and GlenEllen.
Because we are St. Francis members, we stopped there first and members may taste as many as they like so...
2009 Lagomarsino Cab
2011 Estate Cuvee` Blanc
2008 Sonoma Valley Malbec
2008 Anthem Meritage- this is a BIG wine
2009 Sonoma Valley Cab
2009 Amann Vyd Zinfandel- personal fave
2009 Behler Merlot
2009 Sonoma County Port
2009 Rose`- very tart

then, Chateau St. Jean but only for lunch- we were ignored by the tasting bar staff

then St. Anne's Crossing- this is a new facility by the Wilson group to put a "Zin house" in Sonoma Valley. Our pal Chris Barrett from Pezzi King is the winemaker.
They are located in the old Blackstone facility across the street from CSJ.
2011 Sauv. Blanc
2006 AV Cabernet/ Oak Ridge Vyd
2010 Serracino Reserve
2010 Harris Kratka Reserve
2010 Split Rail Reserve Zin
2010 King City Reserve
Neat Story- this winery is named for the and the Canadian Equivalent of our Ellis Island and the wines are named for districts of Toronto where Ken Wilson grew up.
St. Anne's shares a tasting room with Naked Winery which is a European venture which represents an international array of boutique wineries that want to acheive a presence in the US. We only tried the Temperanillos that they offer, but they were worth trying. Please do take a few minutes to look at their website: www.nakedwines.com to see how their business works. Its different from most American business models that I'm familiar with but it could be a very good way to explore international markets at a ridiculously low price.

next- Paradise Ridge in Kenwood
LOVE PR wines and love Annette, too. She is a great hostess and lots of fun. Tasted:
Sparkling Brut cuvee- very crisp and festive, not too astringent/ good balance
2008 Monte Rosso Cab- sensuous wine
2007 Elevation Cab/ Rockpile
2009 The Posse
Annette has also instituted a sensory garden experience that is fun and really helpful in the exploration of wine flavors.

next- Charles Creek
Our son asked us to get a bottle of the chocolate port so that's all we tried there, but its still a great fun wine

Last- Keating
Keating has been recommended to us at least 3 times and since the winemaker at St. Francis is one of those recommending it, I thought we should check this place out. Its located in the Cornerstone complex with a bunch of shops and gardens outide of Schellville. Look for the giant purple chair...
Anyway, this was a great stop
2009 Keating Sonoma Valley Merlot- grown on the Bedrock vineyards owned and managed by Morgan Peterson, very good
2010- Keating Buchignani Zin
2010 Keating Montecillo Zin
2009 Keating Montecillo Cabernet
2009 Keating Georges III Cab ( this is from Napa)
All the wines here are quite good and we would have bought some if we'd had any more room...we shipped home 5 cases this time, kids, and our club shipments haven't started yet...
That's it. Napa is on their board.
Again, you know I love to "talk" wine so please don't hesitate to ask about any of the wineries or wines. My first attempt kept getting booted off and I think it was just too long, so ask for details if you want them.


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