2009 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee to celebrate our upcoming anniversary.
Also, a WineSmith red that will be coming to a website near you soon!
Today, bringing to a clam bake;
2009 Jana Old Vine Mendocino Riesling
2007 Twisted Oak Syrah Tanner Vineyard
2009 Ty Caton Racchus Red
2010 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee, to continue the anniversary celebration with friends who attended our wedding.
Didn’t get to the Jana Riesling but added a 2017 Slingshot Cab. Ridiculously good deal for under $10/bottle at the current Casemates case price but I am still sitting on 5 bottles plus some from earlier vintages.
2011 Seven Deadly Zins
Years ago, gave it to the daughter’s boyfriend, and it has
been on her wine rack in her kitchen way past the expiration date of the boyfriend. Wine had gone about 85% up the cork and the bottle was dusty, but amazingly, it’s still good.
Beautiful Cab, drinking great now but long life ahead. I will probably open 1 a year for awhile to see its further development.
Took it out of wine fridge where it has been at 55 degrees for last 3-4yrs? decanted for about 30 minutes so first glass at 60ish. Great nose as soon as cork popped, no sediment very clear vibrant color. Nice fruit on entry and mid palate with a medium finish.
We drank this much to quickly to notice much change from start to end but that was basically because it was so damn good you just wanted to keep sipping. If it hadn’t been a Monday night I fear a second one would have been opened
2004 Warnke Cabernet, Napa
W/current offer, I thought I’d try an old one.
used ah-so, but the cork was perfect.
Tight at first, after vinturi, and an hour in it’s delicious.
Can’t wait to finish it off tomorrow.
Okay I finally popped it the 2011 Cameron Hughes private reserve cab. First of all the fruit is delicious mostly black fruits, plum, cassis, blackberries and the acidty is spot on. Medium tannin backbone and very light on the palate. Alcohol integrated nicely. One problem though is they oaked the crap out of this and for my palate it is pretty annoying especially because everything else is really nice. YMMV
Got down to our (soon to be permanent) Missouri home last night (brought along my newest mixed Pedroncelli case), unloaded the trailer and pickup, then and opened up my previous Pedroncelli mixed case (already down here} and had a 2016 Merlot. Very enjoyable.
Last night, 2013 WineSmith Cabernet Sauvignon (opened with my sister and brother-in-law visiting from the Paso Robles area – haven’t seen them since we visited them 4.5 years ago). That bottle disappeared too quickly, so I decided to try the first of my bottles of Twisted Oak *%#&@!.
2016 Pedroncelli Sonoma Classico. If there’s such a thing as travel shock, this wine isn’t subject to it. Off the truck Wednesday, toted home on the subway Thursday, packed into the trunk for a few hours’ drive on Friday. Now finishing the last sips of the bottle. It’s a most delicious red blend, perfect with the barbecue we grabbed on our trip upstate.
This is my type of Pinot. Nearly 10 years in a barrel helps, but it is earthy, musty, smells like a tannery, cigar box, all those good descriptors of opening an attic that hasn’t been opened in a decade.
It wouldn’t ruffle my feathers, I’d love to save a couple bucks. Just about finished working my way through the 12 & 13 vintages, will probably start on the 14& 15’s this winter.
@CorTot@klezman I had an '08 a few months ago and, I agree, it was fine. I don’t have a ton of experience with aged wines and certainly not Ty’s, but I don’t see anything positive happening by waiting on them.
I like his style; big, lush, silky wines that are enjoyable. I don’t entirely think aging is part of his vision. Just my two cents.
At the farewell dinner after the '14 tour @winedavid49 's farm I ended up committing to half of (one of if not the) last case he claimed to have . Was supposed to be a case split or I’d have gotten the other half as well. I found out too late the other half wasn’t actually claimed to grab it as well.
I see CT has it now doubled in value from what it then cost and now close to the TyTanium. Last tasted in '15, I should scrounge up one of my remaining bottles and see how it’s doing.
@ScottW58 It is excellent, exactly what a 12 year old well made cab should be. Smooth with a long finish. Will have to track down some of the earlier W&M as they only have the 17 available from them. I’m getting to old to wait on a 17
Heh I’m in the same boat but the 15 and 16 were really great young wines, I only bought 3 of the 17. I guess the doctor will be giving me these wines through a tube when they are mature pretty sure they have only been making them starting in 15
2010 Wellington Handal-Dernier Cabernet
2015 Three Wine Co Evangelho Zinfandel
2017 Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zin
With home-made pasta and meatballs.
The Wellington was singing and caused a few heads to turn. Dusty tannins and dark red and black fruits, some leather and tobacco coming along. As @klezman previously noted, long finish, but I got no bell pepper notes Was really enjoyable and disappeared quickly. The Evangelho is a favorite and was a great second bottle. The Pedroncelli was just ok - I have had a couple of bottles of the 2017 that were up to par, but a couple that had smokey notes that hid the fruit.
@Winedavid49 Second week in a row the pasta attachment got a work out; out of town guests. They brough a 2013 Turley, I pulled out a 2013 Est 1885 . You should work on Matt Cline for a Casemates offering, my other ‘source’ seems to have dried out
2008 Scott Harvey Zin, Old Vine Reserve. Fortunately I like mature reds, because this sure fits that description. Brick tones in the color, no prominent particular fruit, but very pleasant flavors. A fairly transparent garnet color, but much fuller in flavor that the color would suggest. The shows the crest way toward “Old World Style” on a “New World” to “Old World” style scale, and it definitely has that Euro style. This could have come from Italy.
Although I’m really enjoying it, I don’t think I would like it as much if I’d paid the winery web site price of $59. But in a Casemates mixed case deal, I’m very happy.
Wonder why they are arriving so late in Ohio. Not even shipped until Monday and not due until tomorrow and I just happen to be meeting up with someone who lives over an hour away to swap wines and they are supposed to get some of these. But they will not arrive in time, by a matter of hours.
@CorTot The new edition is out - saw them in my local store last weekend. @PatrickKarcher I haven’t had the Gruet Rose so I don’t know how to compare. It’s an easy drinking brut bubbly, nicely fruity, not particularly complex or yeasty. But what do you expect for $10?
@rjquillin in the valley near Scott.
And yeah, I didn’t expect a 50 year old Barolo to be cheap. That wasn’t a complaint. I just don’t often drop nearly $100 on two glasses of wine. But yeah, it was worth it for the experience for sure.
@ScottW58 Great minds think alike! And you know there’s never any hesitation for molarchae to open a Riesling.
For now we started with a 2011 Siduri Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir. Excellent wine, too bad Adam sold the winery.
I used a mishmash of a few different recipes. We brought back ajo amarillo paste from our Peru trip, and it lasts forever in jars. It was delicious. There are leftovers if you swing by in the next day or so
Opened a Casemates QPR (from last December) last night. It’s doing OK, but I’ll probably not wait too long on using my remaining bottles. I’m hoping to see some more “Casemates Cellars” offerings (maybe I should tag @Winedavid49)!