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by M. Dildine
January 13th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: News from Williams Selyem
Replies: 16
Views: 1751

Re: News from Williams Selyem

Very interesting news. WS is a great property, quintessentially Californian and this marriage with the French could make it even better.
by M. Dildine
January 11th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Lucia Garys
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: 2013 Lucia Garys

I love Lucia Gary's wines too. Reliably delicious, and quite underrated, I think. One of the great SLH vineyards, without doubt.
by M. Dildine
January 9th, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

There is no reason why Sonoma County cannot produce more wines like this I've wondered about this myself. For some reason, great wine in Sonoma County seems mostly limited to Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Dehlinger has been producing great Sonoma County cabs for a few decades at least. Anot...
by M. Dildine
January 8th, 2021, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 8th, 2021, 5:11 pm omg I'm so jealous - love the note. Amazing for such a relatively weak vintage, too.
Todd, I had an '07 "Estate" Dehlinger Cab recently and it was very good, but not nearly this good. I just wish I had another case or more of the "East Ridge!'
by M. Dildine
January 8th, 2021, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 311

TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (1/8/2021) Quite spectacular. 14.6% abv. Dark ruby, very aromatic. On the palate, ripe plums, graphite, leather, mint and a hint of cedar. Wonderfully integrated, power, complexity and finesse. Very ...
by M. Dildine
January 6th, 2021, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 5
Views: 438

TN: 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (1/6/2021) 15.5% abv. Very dark ruby, extremely expressive aromas. On the palate, ripe plum, white pepper, raspberry preserve, anise, a touch of leather and herbs. Layer after layer of complex and exotic flavors. Extreme...
by M. Dildine
January 1st, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year’s wine resolution
Replies: 51
Views: 2041

Re: New Year’s wine resolution

Use ah-so opener more often.
by M. Dildine
January 1st, 2021, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4534

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Zinfandel. Clearly my cellar's core strength is taste and class!
by M. Dildine
December 28th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy B-day to the Legend Tom Hill
Replies: 14
Views: 739

Re: Happy B-day to the Legend Tom Hill

Happy Birthday Legendary Tom, I'm sure you'll celebrate well!
by M. Dildine
December 27th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 4
Views: 359

TN: 2009 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

Many dismiss Petite. They need to taste a well stored Turley Hayne with a little age! 2009 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (12/27/2020) 14.5% abv. Very dark purple, expressive aromas. On the palate, ripe plum, black pepper, a hint of white flowers and mi...
by M. Dildine
December 25th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 350

TN: 2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch

2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (12/25/2020) 14.1% abv. Medium burgundy red, very aromatic. On the palate, expressive red raspberry, cloves, and X-Mas spice. Superior depth, concentration and length, great focus, very ...
by M. Dildine
December 25th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 0
Views: 225

TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/25/2020) 14.5% abv. Medium straw color, very aromatic. Concentrated flavors of lemon curd, anise, wild flowers and mint. Very intensely flavored, but harmonious. Superb mouthfeel...
by M. Dildine
December 24th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch
Replies: 1
Views: 233

TN: 2014 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch

2014 Arnot-Roberts Cabernet Sauvignon Fellom Ranch - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/24/2020) Such an interesting wine. Grapes grown on Montebello Ridge, but aged in French, not American oak. 100% Cab, unlike the Ridge blend. Like Ridge, vines are mature (35-40 years ol...
by M. Dildine
December 21st, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5677

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

Brian, you know what this Aeris Rosso wine would go really well with ... (drumroll) ... Rosso pizza!

Coincidence?
by M. Dildine
December 21st, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 133
Views: 8202

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

Evangehlo Vineyard, Contra Costa County, CA.
by M. Dildine
December 21st, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5677

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

I've had many a Zin-based, mixed black blend before, but nothing quite like this. 50% Nebbiolo, 20% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Carignan, 10% Babara and 10% Primitivo (like Zinfandel, a clone of a Croatian grape called Crljenak). With the high dose of Nebbiolo, I can't help but think this somewhat tannic...
by M. Dildine
December 19th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace
Replies: 3
Views: 411

TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/19/2020) 13% abv. Medium burgundy red, very aromatic. On the palate, raspberry, pomegranate, dried flowers and Christmas spices. Excellent depth and length. Beautifully evolved and integrated, still vib...
by M. Dildine
December 18th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Jeff_M. wrote: December 18th, 2020, 8:51 am This would be a nice one to do a side by side tasting with Carlisle, Bedrock and any other Pagani Ranch zins.
There was a HVS Zoom tasting of Ridge, Bedrock, Seghesio and Biale Zins last night. Discussed all aspects of the site, winemaking, the vintage, etc. I'll try and get a link for this.
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

There is an exuberant suppleness to this wine combined with lively acid which bodes very well for the future.
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5677

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:24 pm
M. Dildine wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Brian Tuite wrote: December 17th, 2020, 4:16 pm

I recently opened the ‘14 vintage if 1910 and was floored by how good it was. Well worth the tariff.
I think the '18 will be a stunner!
Did the name change for the 2018?
No, new label and I believe a new winemaker. The name is still 1910.
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5677

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

2015 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Block 1910 - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/17/2020) High flavor, high octane, high enjoyment. I am really glad I have tomorrow off, because I am going to consume a lot of this. It’s surprisingly bright and red fruited, where I expected somethi...
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5677

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (12/17/2020) 14.9% abv. Dark ruby, expressive aromatics. On the palate, sweet blue fruit, raspberry, pomegranate and mint. Very precocious and, in fact, primary at this early stage, but it is already delicious. (93 pt...
by M. Dildine
December 17th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 731

TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (12/17/2020) 14.9% abv. Dark ruby, expressive aromatics. On the palate, sweet blue fruit, raspberry, pomegranate and mint. Very precocious and, in fact, primary at this early stage, but it is already delicious. (93 pt...
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 954

Re: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

Stephen Chen wrote: December 15th, 2020, 5:22 pm Great note, thanks! Have a lone bottle in the cellar from Lopa and have been slightly worried by the mixed reviews on CT, but now this has gotten me excited to try it. Any tips on decanting?
Stephen, I opened the bottle about six hours before tasting.
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 954

TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard

2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/15/2020) 13% abv. Medium burgundy red, flamboyant aromatics. On the palate, raspberry, cinnamon, mint and lavender. Medium depth, excellent length. Energetic, tense and light as a feather. Maybe the best Pin...
by M. Dildine
December 15th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE U-TURN: Week 4 Virtual Tasting - Get your RHINE On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23
Replies: 166
Views: 5677

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Get your Zinfandel On - Brian Tuite - Redwood Empire Food Bank DEC16 - DEC23

I just looked and I have some Zinfandel to drink. Kudos to Brian (and Fred Scherrer) for this virtual tasting! A very good cause.
by M. Dildine
December 12th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I doing this right?
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: Am I doing this right?

Yes, Brian, you are!
by M. Dildine
December 9th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 116
Views: 12355

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

So many great 18s. Tasted an A. Rafanelli tonight. Best young A Raf I think I've ever tasted. Pure Dry Creek goodness.

Another one not to be missed - Biale "Black Chicken!"
by M. Dildine
December 6th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 17
Views: 1134

Re: TN: 2018 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I think they planted Cab on their longstanding estate property in Napa. These are very nice indeed, prime Cab territory, very traditionally styled. Price, as I recall, is very reasonable.
by M. Dildine
December 3rd, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 373
Views: 25290

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Outstanding piece here: https://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2020/12/mourvedre-sidelined-by-phylloxera-no-more.html A brief glimpse: One of the silver linings of the last nine months unable to travel has been the chance to spend time virtually with some of California winemakers whose work I find i...
by M. Dildine
December 3rd, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

Bill, the wine was opened about seven hours prior to pouring. No extensive decant, it was running on 12 cylinders from the get-go.
by M. Dildine
December 2nd, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

Petite gets a bad name ... but when you get your hands on a good one there is nothing like it. In a good way!
by M. Dildine
December 2nd, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 410

TN: 2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

2015 Mending Wall Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga (12/2/2020) 14.7% abv. Dark as night, very aromatic. High octane, wildly intense, powerful and sexy. Ripe plum, black pepper, white flowers, a classic and exceptional Petite. Goes on and on ... should improv...
by M. Dildine
December 2nd, 2020, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...
Replies: 106
Views: 5245

Re: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...

Tasted an '18 Rhys "Horseshoe" SCM last night. One of the best young Chardonnays I've ever tasted.
by M. Dildine
December 1st, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 181
Views: 17657

Re: Downstream Wines

My son said the '17 Downstream was "delicious!"
by M. Dildine
November 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 202

TN: 2016 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

2016 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/26/2020) 12.6% abv. Light straw, expressive aromas. On the palate, meyer lemon, peach, cinnamon and mint. Excellent depth and length, grippy with a savory element. So good! (96 pts.) https://cdn.c...
by M. Dildine
November 26th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 203
Views: 7021

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/26/2020) 12.25% abv. Medium burgundy red, expressive aromatics. On the palate, raspberry compote, cherry and lots of complex Christmas spice. Excellent depth and length in a highly energetic, weight...
by M. Dildine
November 26th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 515

TN: 2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard

2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/26/2020) 12.25% abv. Medium burgundy red, expressive aromatics. On the palate, raspberry compote, cherry and lots of complex Christmas spice. Excellent depth and length in a highly energetic, weight...
by M. Dildine
November 22nd, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 202

TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

2016 Once & Future Wine Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga (11/22/2020) 14.9% abv. Dark ruby, plus aromatics. Black pepper, plum, mint and a floral element. Plush, very deep and long, incredible intensity. With all the pure power, smooth and well behaved. ...
by M. Dildine
November 22nd, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 3995

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Happy 55th Robert, and thank you for the vicarious thrill !
by M. Dildine
November 18th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7657

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Zinfandel, California Pinot Noir (Thanksgiving is an American holiday, no?), a CA white (maybe Will Bucklin’s outstanding Old Hill Mixed White). Can’t wait!
by M. Dildine
November 16th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Ed Scherrer
Replies: 7
Views: 1469

Re: RIP Ed Scherrer

Very sorry to hear this!!! A part of CA wine heritage.
by M. Dildine
November 14th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 317

TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard

2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (11/14/2020) 12.6% abv. From a cool vintage. Medium burgundy red, very aromatic. Raspberry, black cherry, mint and cinnamon make up a complex and delicious palate impression. Excellent depth and length....
by M. Dildine
November 14th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Aeris Wines Carricante Bianco Centennial Mountain
Replies: 1
Views: 254

TN: 2017 Aeris Wines Carricante Bianco Centennial Mountain

2017 Aeris Wines Carricante Bianco Centennial Mountain - USA, California, Sonoma County (11/14/2020) 12% abv. Medium straw, good aromatics. On the palate, lemon, pineapple, and an enjoyable saline minerality. Light and refreshing, but savory and lasting. Good depth and mouthfeel. I like the distinc...
by M. Dildine
November 14th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 12352

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

Just bought my farmhouse bottles and the dessert wine, I just can't do more, as it stands now it will take 3 months of heavy drinking to fit those in my cellar. First world problems :( Ditto! Grabbed the Farmhouse only. Amazing wines. Has anyone ever tried the Casa Nuestra Tinto Classico, the previ...
by M. Dildine
November 13th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Geriatric Cellar Planning
Replies: 70
Views: 3956

Re: Geriatric Cellar Planning

So, as I approach decade seven of life I’m clearly in possession of enough wine for 15-20 years. As I’m semi-retired, secondary to our nation's top-tier pandemic management, my wine purchasing is decelerating like a space capsule with the three parachutes deployed. Will I still really like wine in ...
by M. Dildine
November 12th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 DuPuis Chardonnay Ferrington (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: TN: 2019 DuPuis Chardonnay Ferrington (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: November 12th, 2020, 4:35 pm Did you literally bring the corkscrew to the FedEx truck?
neener

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