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by F.Daner
November 6th, 2009, 2:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 188

TN: 2007 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

2007 Holdredge Pinot Noir Bucher - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (11/2/2009) Bucher Baby ! Huge nose of red fruit. Red and black cherry with a floral component and a touch of rrv spice. The wine is linear and focused with a silky mouthfeel. Trademark acidity for balance. Give...
by F.Daner
October 30th, 2009, 3:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn tasting with Craig
Replies: 8
Views: 496

Re: Sojourn tasting with Craig

Todd- they are moving the Cab Program to Napa going forward. In 08 they will have a Spring and Howell Mountain and a G3 which was the wine of our tasting with Craig a few weeks ago. I believe it was referred to as a PD. [swoon.gif] Craig is a great guy to meet with. Huge personality and just a lot o...
by F.Daner
October 26th, 2009, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Lewelling Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 20
Views: 546

Re: TN: 2005 Lewelling Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

Thanks Todd. I picked up some heat when I tried it sometime after I got my order last year. I like these with several years of age but wanted to try one. We did a visit with Haley a few weeks ago. Both 06's were terrific and I preferred the 06 regular based on that tasting to my experience with the ...
by F.Daner
October 23rd, 2009, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two tasty 06 PNs (Holdredge & Rochioli)
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: TNs: Two tasty 06 PNs (Holdredge & Rochioli)

John- thanks for the thoughts on the 07 WH. Since we now have fall in Tampa- low 80's- perfect time to check in on one this weekend by the fire...
by F.Daner
October 17th, 2009, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C

Phil- how was your trip ?
Phillip Franks wrote:Great write-up Fred, thanks. I'll be meeting up with Mike this week as well, sounds like a good time is in store.
by F.Daner
October 14th, 2009, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Shafer Hillside Select - Mailer - Merged
Replies: 35
Views: 1292

Re: 2005 Shafer Hillside Select - Mailer - Merged

Didn't see the game. Was in Napa at Bottega. Check out the notes. Had some great cabs. Got you covered next year Kevin... List is certainly opening up...obviously a second wave of letters have been sent out and I got my first offer. Wish it would have been next year as 2006 is an anniversary year......
by F.Daner
October 13th, 2009, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Shafer Hillside Select - Mailer - Merged
Replies: 35
Views: 1292

Re: 2005 Shafer Hillside Select - Mailer - Merged

Got you covered next year Kevin...
krehberg wrote:List is certainly opening up...obviously a second wave of letters have been sent out and I got my first offer. Wish it would have been next year as 2006 is an anniversary year....now I have to make a decision
by F.Daner
October 12th, 2009, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C

Hey Will, Thanks for seeking us out. Hope all goes well with the rest of harvest. We did have a great time. All of Mike's wines are showing really well. Fred -- It was nice to meet you and I'm sorry that I couldn't crash that Bottega party. I was stuck at the winery long past your visit and 4:00 A.M...
by F.Daner
October 11th, 2009, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Re: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C

Phillip- you'll have a great time. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time. Where are you meeting him ?
Phillip Franks wrote:Great write-up Fred, thanks. I'll be meeting up with Mike this week as well, sounds like a good time is in store.
by F.Daner
October 11th, 2009, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C
Replies: 6
Views: 601

Napa Day 3 grand finale with Mike Smith- Myriad, Tamber Bey, Quivet, 12C

I posted a little of this on the other thread but it deserves it's own thread. Our final visit of the Napa portion of our trip was with Mike and Leah Smith. I just can't say enough about what great folks Mike and Leah are. Mike is the most generous wine geek I've every met. While he is a heck of a w...
by F.Daner
October 11th, 2009, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa trip Day 2. Lamborn, Switchback and Trespass
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: Napa trip Day 2. Lamborn, Switchback and Trespass

Actually Bob did. My buddy is a bass player in a band so he was loving it. I think he and Bob could have talked about rock and roll for a long time. That is some set up. The cave is incredible.
Bud Carey wrote:When you were in the Foley caves, did Kelly show you the 'party room'???
by F.Daner
October 11th, 2009, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa trip Day 2. Lamborn, Switchback and Trespass
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Napa trip Day 2. Lamborn, Switchback and Trespass

We started the day with the long trip up to the top of Howell Mountain. We were greeted by Mike and Terry Lamborn at their beautiful vineyards and house overlooking Pope Valley. If you haven't made the trip up I highly recommend it. We tasted outside and took in the great weather and view. The Lambo...
by F.Daner
October 11th, 2009, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day Trip 1- New Sojourn Releases and dinner with Ruston
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Napa Day Trip 1- New Sojourn Releases and dinner with Ruston

Went there with Mike and Leah Smith of Myriad, Quivet, 12C,Tamber Bey etc.. We got lucky and ended up in the wine room. We were kind of loud so it was lucky for the other diners as well. It was very good. Had the Myriad 07 Beckstoffer Dr Crane and 06 Myriad Spring Mountain. We had barrel tasted the ...
by F.Daner
October 9th, 2009, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day Trip 1- New Sojourn Releases and dinner with Ruston
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Re: Napa Day Trip 1- New Sojourn Releases and dinner with Ruston

3 more days of fun and head back Monday.

Fri/Sat Napa

Sunday Sonoma
by F.Daner
October 9th, 2009, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Day Trip 1- New Sojourn Releases and dinner with Ruston
Replies: 8
Views: 405

Napa Day Trip 1- New Sojourn Releases and dinner with Ruston

Wow how time flies. It's October so we're back in Napa/Sonoma for our annual trip. I can't believe it's been a year already. The first day was our longest travel day ever. I can't believe for how small the Oakland airport is how long it can take to get your luggage and a rental car. My buddy's delay...
by F.Daner
October 6th, 2009, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Bottles With A French Laundy Menu ('91 Comte Armand, '90 Beaucastel, '97 Heitz, '89 Naudin)
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: A Few Bottles With A French Laundy Menu ('91 Comte Armand, '90 Beaucastel, '97 Heitz, '89 Naudin)

Dennis- never had the Bella but the 97 Trailside is one of my all time favorite cabs. It really is just great and I could usually find it for about $ 60 at auction. Had the last one earlier this year. It was still very young and fresh but it was silky smooth.
by F.Daner
October 3rd, 2009, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Chasseur Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard.
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: TN: 2004 Chasseur Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard.

Couldn't agree more. Nice to see the 04 hold up so well. I really liked the 04 and 05 and thought they were terrific wines. The 06's for both pinot and chards were a step down. It seems like 07 is going to be a great year for Chasseur. $ 38.50 for the 07 Sang Chard is just a great value. Can't wait ...
by F.Daner
October 2nd, 2009, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN from Sonoma: Swan, Copain, Holdredge, Ridge +++ LONG but read it!
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: TN from Sonoma: Swan, Copain, Holdredge, Ridge +++ LONG but read it!

Thanks Mike. Here's our schedule. We arrive next Thursday. Thursday afternoon Sojourn Holdredge Dinner at Cyrus Friday- Napa Lamborn Switchback Ridge Trespass Saturday- Napa Lewelling Ruston Hartwell Mike Smith- Myriad, Quivet, 12 C, Tamber Bay Dinner at Bottega Sunday C. Donatiello Arista Copain Di...
by F.Daner
October 1st, 2009, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Match Release
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Match Release

Glad we could bring some Match fans together !
Chris Presutti wrote:Hey, four consecutive posts from me, Bud, Joe, and Sherri. Seems like old times.
grouphug
by F.Daner
October 1st, 2009, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Match Release
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Match Release

Surprised I haven't seen any threads on this yet. The 06 Baconbrook letter is out. Are you kdding ?? Lower list prices Up to a 30% discount for repeat customers( special additional 10 % added) Free shipping if you buy 6 And additional case discount flirtysmile This works out to $ 37.50 per bottle if...
by F.Daner
October 1st, 2009, 2:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN from Sonoma: Swan, Copain, Holdredge, Ridge +++ LONG but read it!
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: TN from Sonoma: Swan, Copain, Holdredge, Ridge +++ LONG but read it!

Mike- I'm going to Copain in a week. It will actually be the last stop on our Napa/Sonoma trip. They have an appellation and Single Vineyard tastings ?

It looks like you tasted primarily the appellation wines ?? I'm not real familiar with their line up so wanted to clarify.

Thanks
Fred
by F.Daner
September 19th, 2009, 3:53 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Summit Code
Replies: 25
Views: 729

Re: Summit Code

I'm in for 5. My first WB exclusive !

Wonder how this compares to Sojourn Cab ?
by F.Daner
September 11th, 2009, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Pride Cabernet Sauvignon (Regular Bottling)
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: TN: 2002 Pride Cabernet Sauvignon (Regular Bottling)

I've got 1 bottle left I've been thinking of opening. I agree no need to wait on this one.

Mike P- Great Avatar. God Bless NYFD !
by F.Daner
August 23rd, 2009, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hall Winery- Napa
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Hall Winery- Napa

I am putting together our schedule for a trip in October and looking for some new spots. I purchased the 06 Jacks Masterpiece and am interested in visiting Hall. I found a few older positive reviews about tasting visits. Has anyone been to the Rutherford location ? Which location would you recommend...
by F.Daner
August 18th, 2009, 2:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting with Mike Smith Sunday August 16th in Napa.
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Tasting with Mike Smith Sunday August 16th in Napa.

Great notes Jack. Mike and Leah are as nice as they come. Hope to catch up with them when we visit in October.
by F.Daner
August 17th, 2009, 2:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Zepaltas Pinot Noir Suacci (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 0
Views: 73

TN: 2006 Zepaltas Pinot Noir Suacci (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

2006 Zepaltas Pinot Noir Suacci - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (8/15/2009) This wine has really developed over time. While I really liked the younger version I think I appreciate what the wine is turning into. Nice red fruit with an herbal spicy complexity. The tannins have turned t...
by F.Daner
August 9th, 2009, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa trip- October or April
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Napa trip- October or April

We make an annual Napa/Sonoma trip usually towards the end of October/first of Nov. This year we have to plan our trip around the middle of October. Since we've been several times I am most interested for this trip to try the upcoming 2007 wines(cab, merlot). So for folks ITB, am I better off going ...
by F.Daner
August 8th, 2009, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chasseur SVD pre-release
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Chasseur SVD pre-release

Nice post B. The 05 Sonoma Coast and 05 Sangiacomo have been my favorite chards. Just looked at the consumption report in CT. Can't believe how much of their wines we've had.

Did you buy any of the 07 Sonoma County Chard ?
by F.Daner
August 8th, 2009, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Maybach Materium Cabernet
Replies: 30
Views: 699

Re: TN: 2006 Maybach Materium Cabernet

Yep. I just placed my order this morning. Bruce- exactly right. Shafer charged $ 33 to ship 2 Hillside select 2 day air. For any Maybach lovers interested in the 06, Chris has not sold out and is offering the wine first come first served. That includes those that did not purchase their entire alloca...
by F.Daner
August 8th, 2009, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chasseur SVD pre-release
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Chasseur SVD pre-release

Kevin- check out their website. It has detailed notes and the reviews. The Sangiacomo Chard is always my favorite and after discount is only $ 38. I like the Sylvia and Blank pinot's and their are some new ones to try as well. Looks like I can still order the appellation pinot's too. The regular SC ...
by F.Daner
August 8th, 2009, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Maybach Materium Cabernet
Replies: 30
Views: 699

Re: TN: 2006 Maybach Materium Cabernet

$ 38 to ship 6 bottles to Fl 2 day air ?? [welldone.gif]

Wow, some other producers should figure that one out...
by F.Daner
August 8th, 2009, 3:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chasseur SVD pre-release
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Chasseur SVD pre-release

Looks like there are a few Chasseur fans on the board. This is probably my favorite Pinot and Chard producer. Great wines and a nice price incenitive for club members- 20% off any purchase. It looks like there is an early release before the main one. The reviews on all of the 07's have been terrific...
by F.Daner
August 8th, 2009, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Lewelling Cabernet Savignon
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: TN 2005 Lewelling Cabernet Savignon

I signed up after a visit in Nov 06 and received the 05 release offer the following Sept/Oct. Your essentially purchasing futures as the wine is released about a year after your purchase. I've had the 05 regular twice. The first time was last Dec and it was a bit to hot and oaky for me. Had again in...
by F.Daner
July 19th, 2009, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Trespass Cabernet Franc Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: TN: 2006 Trespass Cabernet Franc Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

Todd- no green in the Trespass franc. Just a really good wine. Charlie- I would give this another year if you've got 1. I think your going up in August ? Make sure to taste the 07. Thanks for the note! I enjoyed this greatly when I had it with Don last August, I only have one bottle, sounds like i s...
by F.Daner
July 19th, 2009, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Trespass Cabernet Franc Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 4
Views: 149

TN: 2006 Trespass Cabernet Franc Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

2006 Trespass Cabernet Franc Estate Grown - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (7/18/2009) My first 06. This is drinking well right now with about 45-60 minutes of air. Opened and left in the cellar before tasting. Red fruit, spice and a little bit of brown sugar. The wine is framed with nice...
by F.Daner
July 17th, 2009, 6:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Berserker Exclusive: get treated like an old friend at Match Vineyards
Replies: 14
Views: 736

Re: Berserker Exclusive: get treated like an old friend at Match Vineyards

Good move Kevin. Had the 04 Butterdragon about a week ago and it was rockin good. I have 1 02 left that we'll open the next time we cook up some beef.

I got some more of the 04's. Great value.
krehberg wrote:I'm in for a case (4 of each)
by F.Daner
July 16th, 2009, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Fall Release
Replies: 19
Views: 599

Re: Sojourn Fall Release

The allocations are really light. Looks like 150 and 170 cases for each pinot. I have a feeling though some will be around.
Tom Gutting wrote:Yup, no Pinot allocation. Bummer. C'est la vie.
by F.Daner
July 12th, 2009, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Fall Release
Replies: 19
Views: 599

Re: Sojourn Fall Release

Murray- We tasted in November last year. At that time I had the wines as Demuth- outstanding Gaps Crown- excellent Sangiacomo- excellent Windsor and SC- very good and the most drinkable at that time. I had a Gaps Crown a few weeks ago after WS gave it 95 pts. My first bottle of any of the 07's since...
by F.Daner
July 11th, 2009, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Fall Release
Replies: 19
Views: 599

Re: Sojourn Fall Release

Murray- have you tasted the Demuth ? I think it may be the best 07 they made.
mdaniel wrote:I'd planned on ordering at least a 6 pack of the Demuth, but with Carlisle coming out on the 16th, there is just not enough wine budget left.
by F.Daner
July 11th, 2009, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Fall Release
Replies: 19
Views: 599

Sojourn Fall Release

Not sure how many Sojourn fans here at the WB. Lots of well deserved press for the Sojourn folks these days. The fall release email comes out next Tuesday 7/14. I've been trying to take a break from buying but will be long on this one. Really looking forward to getting the Demuth. 2007 Sojourn Cella...
by F.Daner
July 11th, 2009, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Holdredge Syrah Lovers Lane Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: TN: 2006 Holdredge Syrah Lovers Lane Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

That will do it. This is a nice one. Trying to keep my hands off my remaining and give them a year two more to see how they further develop.
by F.Daner
July 8th, 2009, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Trespass Merlot Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: TN: 2006 Trespass Merlot Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

William- Yep. Great folks and great wine. A tasting in the vineyard is something not to be missed. I need to open an 06 Franc to check in on them. I think the 06 Merlot is sold out. I think he really has some home runs with the 07's but I think the 05 Cab and all the 06's are really very good. One o...
by F.Daner
July 8th, 2009, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Trespass Merlot Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 3
Views: 201

TN: 2006 Trespass Merlot Estate Grown (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

2006 Trespass Merlot Estate Grown - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (7/7/2009) Took a bottle to dinner with friends in New Orleans. This is an outstanding wine. It really hit it's stride after being open 90 minutes. This is a big merlot that rolls across the palate with flavors of chocolat...
by F.Daner
July 5th, 2009, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Ruston Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re: TN: 2003 Ruston Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Dennis- I've had the 03 and 04 of the Stagecoach. I'd give a slight nod to the 04. No surprise it has a bit more fruit but I really like em both.

Did you buy any of the 05 Cab or Maestra that was on sale ?

John will be releasing the 06 Cab and 05 Maestra direct soon.
by F.Daner
July 4th, 2009, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Napa Cab Boardwide Virtual Tasting REDUX- Post them here!
Replies: 63
Views: 2608

Re: 2003 Napa Cab Boardwide Virtual Tasting REDUX- Post them here!

Ok, tried to post this directly from CT but started a new thread instead so here goes the old fashion way 03 Ruston Stagecoach- Black and Red fruit jump out of the glass. This is a young wine with plenty of structure and weight. Went very well with our July 4th burgers. Mouthcoating tannins that wor...
by F.Daner
July 4th, 2009, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Ruston Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 141

TN: 2003 Ruston Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2003 Ruston Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (7/4/2009) Black and Red fruit jump out of the glass. This is a young wine with plenty of structure and weight. Went very well with our July 4th burgers. Mouthcoating tannins that worked well without dominating...
by F.Daner
July 3rd, 2009, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Napa Cab Boardwide Virtual Tasting REDUX- Post them here!
Replies: 63
Views: 2608

Re: 2003 Napa Cab Boardwide Virtual Tasting REDUX- Post them here!

Brought an 03 Ruston Stagecoach and a Turnbull to the beach for our bbq. Looking forward to trying both with the family.
by F.Daner
June 28th, 2009, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: What wines do you bring to dinner /w a Billionare Wine Collector?
Replies: 35
Views: 1208

Re: TN: What wines do you bring to dinner /w a Billionare Wine Collector?

Charlie- cool topic. What did he think of the wines ?

As for the question, I think I'd bring some of my favorite wines - 90's Heitz Trailside,Lewelling or Etude Cab, a Skewis Pinot and a an Aubert or Chasseur Chard.
by F.Daner
June 22nd, 2009, 3:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Planning a trip to New Orleans...first time post Katrina
Replies: 64
Views: 5945

Re: Planning a trip to New Orleans...first time post Katrina

the foie gras and bananas foster french toast are off the charts at Stella's. One of our favorite places. Thanks guys. Did HerbSaint last night. Lot's and lots of jeans with casual shirts there. Doing August tonight and Stella tomorrow night. Left the coat at home. Damn good I did too. Man it's not ...

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