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yesilovewine
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posted 07-22-2014 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
OOOOHHHH, my friends! We are having Wilson's 2009 " REd Blend" and I must tell you that this is very good stuff. A wonderful Bordeaux style blend that is tannic enough to get your attention but full of brambly fruit and rich flavor with a hint of mocha I think. Its going with beef tonight, but it would be fantastic with vegetarian that is heavy on tomato, probably lamb, and probably an Italian dish like lasagna. Its a beefy wine, so it will hold its own with strong flavors. It was a happy surprise!

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-18-2014 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
had the chance to try Ty Caton Cab last night and was impressed in the improvement since our tasting at the facility several years back. though still VERY tight, this cab had much more fruit on the front than I remember and a longer finish. Still doesn't seem really balanced to be- all front and back without much in the middle to appreciate- but that could be age.

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-06-2014 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings fellow wineaux! I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer.
We have been drinking quite a bit of wine lately, and I wondered what everyone else has in their glasses in recent days/weeks.
Most of ours have been Wilson products: both Carl's and Sawyer Zins have been particularly tasty, but we recently drank an older Zin from Harvest Moon that was really outstanding- it was a 2007 vintage of the Russian River Valley which is usually pushing the Zin envelope IMO, but this was a rich, delicious wine with a nice mid-palate hint of pepper and a long silky finish.
WE had the 2002 vintage of the same wine about a month ago, and I must say that for a 12 Year old Zin it held its own quite well in flavor and balance, but it had lost some of that "bulkiness" and gone down to more of a "light bodied" wine- it was good, but didn't really hold up to the steak we'd paired it with, if that makes sense.
Still love Randy and the winery, and if any of you get out there please pat Miss Charlotte Brown on the head for me.
Also enjoyed a Bella Lily Hill Estate Zin recently, but can't recall the year right at the moment.

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yassinehoe
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posted 10-28-2013 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yassinehoe   Click Here to Email yassinehoe     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for the tips ... Great Post (y)

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-28-2013 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
OK, we are drinking a lot of wine lately...so here is the next installment. The Bella 2009 Barrel 32 is an OUTSTANDING wine that reminds me of why we love Zinfandels. This is a vineyard blend from 4 areas, and it is a rock star of a Zin- great fruit, lush mouthfeel, wonderful spicy elements that just make this a wonderful reminder of why we loved Zin to begin with.
It was a special offer from the winery while we were club members, so I doubt that it would be available through usual channels, but if you EVER get the chance to drink this wine, don't pass it up.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-27-2013 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
WOW to Wilson once again. The 2010 Estate Zin is this amazing explosion of dark fruit with that hint of peppery spice that makes Zinfandel our favorite wine. Its rich without being overpowering and drinks like a dream.
Don't miss this delicious wine.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-12-2013 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I had forgotten that we bought red wine at Martin Ray last year, but I found it ( amazing what you come across when you move!)and am so glad that I did.
The 2009 Martin Ray Cab is a very light bodied Cab- more toward what I associate with Pinot than Cab, but it has a really nice flavor. If there is such a thing as a Pinot drinkers Cab, then I think this would fit the bill well. Mildly tannic, there is plenty of red berry fruit on the front to make you interested, and that sort of plummy flavor mid-palate that smoothes things out nicely. Finish is not very long, but it doesn't drop out so fast that you wonder where your wine went.
We needed a substitute for an Italian Red to go with a red sauced pasta and this worked well for us.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-08-2013 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
BAck to wine....
We enjoyed a lovely bottle of Glen Lyon 2010 Estate Syrah last night and I have to say that it reminds me of why we like Squire and Suzy so much. This is a true expression of the grape, just like they are very on the level folks.
Its a deep red wine with great body and balanced tannins.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-04-2013 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Jeff,
Charleston is a great event and I can heartily recommend it to you and your wife. I don't feel too bad about discussing it here because there have been quite a few Sonoma wineries represented there in our two visits- Merry Edwards, Hook &Ladder, Liocco, Alexander Valley Vineyards and a couple others whose names escape me at this moment.
The event information should be coming up on the website any day now; tickets go on sale the 18th I think. Be sure to look over the choices as soon as you can and to make your decisions regarding the dinners ( if you choose to "do" that) ASAP because they sell out lickety split...some sell out within minutes of the opening of sales. No Kidding!!! When you see who some of the chefs are, you will understand why.
We aren't there for the food, so that part isn't such a big deal for us, but we have really enjoyed the Plantation tours with tastings and the Sunday Jazz Brunch as well as the harbor tour.
Anything else you want to know, I'll try to help. We aren't experts by any means, but we enjoy it and being this much closer now makes it all the more appealing for us.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-04-2013 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well hello friends! How nice to have someone to chat with on this side for a change. I'm so excited
Just'- I have many favorites in the county, and it seems like each time we go my list changes to some degree, but there are two wineries that I hate to miss visiting and they would be Bella and Wilson. I love Bella for the ever-present "gee, we're glad you came to see us" feeling that I get when we go up there, and the sense of wonder that I get when we're in the cave is something that I anticipate for days before...one of those "hopeless romantic" things I guess. the wines are always good to us, and there is a lot of planning for events with/for wine club members.
We love Wilson because...well for lots of reasons, but I think that the consistency in the wines is a big factor. Now that they have gathered in this group of other small wineries to create the Wilson Boutique Wineries its even better because you can receive some discounts at those places as well, and Wilson throws GREAT parties. -Well, they sound great; I haven't gotten to go yet.
We were Ledson members for a while, but had continuous problems with billing and shipping and finally quit them for that reason. We have enjoyed many of their wines and just drank our last one about a month ago. Their Barbera is one of my favorites.
We also enjoy St. Frances very much- its one of my favorite wineries- and we have so much of it on hand that we finally gave up that membership as well. Love the location and the variety of wine available. They just lost their access to the Pagani Vineyard though, and that was one of my favorites, so it was a little easier to let them go.
Another place that I would recommend is Frick. Bill Frick is a one man show producing delicious Rhone varietal wines all by himself up in Dry Creek. He's about 1/2 mile past Pedroncelli on Wailing Rd- when you think you'll never get there go another 50 yards and you'll see his sign. The Grenache Blanc is incredibly delicious IMO and Left Brain is partial to the Carignane.
If the weather is nice, you should do the carriage tour of the vineyards in Alexander Valley- sounds like so much fun to travel by horse drawn cart through the vineyards for history lesson and tasting! Also, a tasting at Paradise Ridge's main facility in Santa Rosa would be lovely- the view is drop dead gorgeous on a clear day.
Gee, can you tell I've been away for a while with no wine friends to talk to??? Hope this isn't too much at once. If you need more info, let me know.

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carjeff
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posted 08-27-2013 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi YesILoveWine,

Just noticed your note about the Charleston Wine and Food Festival - Please tell me more. After our last trip to Sonoma/Napa this spring, my wife said she wanted to go somewhere other than wine country - and mentioned Charleston.

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justintime
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posted 08-26-2013 03:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for justintime   Click Here to Email justintime     Edit/Delete Message
I have really enjoyed reading this thread. I am headed to SF, Napa, and Sonoma in mid-October. I have been several times for business and mostly took tours. I am taking my wife four our 25th and wanted to get some ideas of good wineries to visit. I am putting together our own tour. I am a Sonoma fan but we will be in Napa for four days. I plan to spend two days each. From what I have read you have given me some good ideas. Do you have a top five in Sonoma county to visit? I am currently a club member at Ledson and Pine Ridge. I am considering dropping one and trying another, or maybe dropping one and adding two.

Any other information about Sonoma you would like to share I would appreciate. I will be sure to post about my visit when I go. My wife is looking forward to this trip. She has enjoyed the wines I bring home and is looking forward to making some choices of her own.

Thanks again.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-02-2013 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We are definitely the "red-headed step sister" on this board, it would seem. Wish people would give Sonoma County the respect it deserves...but that is another day's discussion.....

D' its time to start checking into the Charleston Wine and Food Festival...tickets will go on sale this month, so watch for that..and if you decide to go, let me know as we will absolutely be there.

and to close...one last note about what's in the glass- Bella's Rose'. Its delicious and so appropriate for the summer!!

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damombo
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posted 08-02-2013 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Yes is so thrilled! Some action on the Sonoma Boards!!

I'm putting in my vote for Dutcher Crossing - we stopped by a few years ago because we had a little time between scheduled visits, and it turned out to be one of our favorites. We joined the club, and whenever we start thinking about which clubs to drop, that one is always "hand's off". The husband will drop any other club before Dutcher Crossing

Have a delicious, delightful trip and when you get back, do please post a trip report for us to enjoy!

And Yes - have a safe move to wherever you are heading this time.

Cheers!

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mshight
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posted 08-02-2013 06:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much for the tips! We will be on the look out for those you mentioned and will plan to go to Dutcher Crossing for sure. Will try to do a trip report when we return.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-01-2013 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, well my jealous meter just hit new heights as Taste of Sonoma is a Bucket List event for me. Congratulations on that good fortune!
We do have quite a few Dry Creek favorites, but I have a feeling that we lean more toward the "rustic" wines than you, so I don't know that my tastes will suit yours. That said, since you plan to stop at Dutcher Crossing, its not far to Pedroncelli and Frick from there. Very different places in atmosphere as well as wines offered, but each charming in its own way.
Frick specializes in Rhone grapes, and I absolutely can't get enough of his Grenache Blanc or his Carignane.
Our familiarity with Pedroncelli is through ZAP events, but I know they produce other wines too.
When you go to Carol Shelton, do try the Pinot. We aren't really big Pinot fans, but had her "first in many years" at Harvest Fair and found it to be quite tasty.
If you haven't had Zinfandel from Maple Vineyard, then you should make it a quest. Dutcher Crossing and Armida are our two favorite producers; there are a couple more but at this moment I can't recall who else gets those grapes! I suspect that you may encounter that at Taste of Sonoma, however.
Also look for Bedrock winery at that event. I don't think that Morgan does many events due to the small size of the winery, but I seem to recall reading that is one where he participates.
Sounds like a great plan for your trip. Hope the weather is good to you.

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mshight
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posted 08-01-2013 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
We have an appointment at Jordan first thing. Then I thought we would go to Dutcher Crossing and Dry Creek if possible. May have to do one or the other. We have an appointment at Carol Shelton (thanks to our local wine shop owner) at 2 pm and then an appointment at St. Francis at 3:30 pm.

We are also spending another day at MacMurray Ranch for "A Taste of Sonoma" event so hopefully we will get to sample and see a lot of different wineries. Was tickled to find out it was going on while we were there.

If you have any suggestions for must do wineries, please do pass them along. Thanks!

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-01-2013 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well thanks for that information. I will have to keep them in mind if we should get to return in the future.
We have been visiting for close to 10 years and we also love Zinfandels, so if you are in need of some new ideas for visits, I'd be happy to make suggestions.
We are moving, so my access to a computer will be very limited after next week, but I'd be happy to correspond up to that time if you're interested

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mshight
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posted 08-01-2013 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
Robert Hunter is a small winery north of Sonoma -- maybe 5 miles (I am guessing). There is a lot of history in the property itself. Mr. and Mrs Hunter are up in years. They live right there where you taste wine and when we visited last year they came out and talked with us. Such nice, unpretentious people!

Their son is the winemaker and Kurt is the very entertaining and knowledgeable guy who does the tours. You sit out under a very old wisteria vine, in the beautiful gardens around their home, to taste. They start out with a sparkling wine which we do not drink much of but WOW! Also do not drink chardonnay often but that is one of the best I have ever had. We keep asking for the 2007 Pinot Noir in our wine club shipments but they are sure to run out of it soon.

I bought a 2009 Conumdrum (a proprietary red blend from Constantino Winery) at Harris Teeter this week. Was very smooth and on sale for $10 off!

We love Sonoma County and look forward to getting into the northern parts on this trip (Healdsburg).

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-01-2013 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
hello, there.
Its so nice to have some company over here on the Sonoma board for a change. Welcome!

I have heard of Robert Hunter wines in the past, but have no experience with them whatsoever. If I ever get back to Sonoma County I must seek them out. Where is the winery located?
We have been drinking some wines from other areas lately...just "stuff" we've picked up at the grocery or the wine shop on sale and looking interesting...Harris Teeter grocery was carrying a very fun WHITE Sangria by "Lost Vineyard". They sold a very wide variety of wines, but the Sangria was the one that caught my eye. Its been great as a "back porch wine" and with chicken burritos.
I sure hope you'll hang around and keep this board going. Thanks for stopping by

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mshight
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posted 08-01-2013 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
Our wine shop manager recommended we try a Carol Shelton Monga Zinfandel since we love Zins so much. Opened it the other night and it was wonderful. We are headed to Napa and Sonoma at the end of August and will definitely stop by there for a tasting. I understand it is not a typical tasting room with lots of ambiance but if they have good Zins, it will not matter!

One of our favorite wineries in Sonoma County is Robert Hunter. Their Pinot Noir (and all their wines, including the sparkling made from Pinot Noir grapes)is divine! We are wine club members and occasionally allow ourselves to savor a bottle of the Pinot. It is about time to do that again:-)

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-29-2013 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well I hope you all are having a great summer. Nobody is playing in the Sonoma Board sandbox, so I guess we're all busy.
However, we did find time to enjoy a very nice Pinot recently- the 2008 Chalone BROSSEAU Pinot Noir by Roessler.
This is a really nice wine y'all...medium bodied with some plum and maybe a little licorice on the palate.
Was a real hit with grilled pork chops.
Hope you are all well- its been some time since we've been in touch.
We are gong to move again in a couple weeks, so this kid will be signing off for an indefinite time while we get settled. Hope you will continue to post so I'll have something to read when we get back on line.
All the best to you all...Yes

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yesilovewine
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posted 06-30-2013 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
It seems to have been about a year since the last thread about who's drinking what, so I thought I'd try to get some action with a new thread for this summer's favorites.
We had a delicious Cabernet from Soda Rock last night...the 2004 Mercantile. This wine is so lovely- just drifts down the throat with hints of mocha, cassis and dark cherry and has just enough tannin to cut the fat of a nice steak. Probably not my most eloquent description, but I'm out of practice...sorry.

For sipping on the porch, we still "go to" either the Martin Ray Angeline Sauv. Blanc from last fall or what's left of my stash of Suzy's Toast Rousanne from Glen Lyon. They have changed Suzy's Toast to Viognier as of last year, so I don't know if you will find Rousanne any longer.

I hope this entry finds all of you in good health and good spirit... after all, its summer!

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