@rjquillin - Interested in your thoughts as well.
For me (tonight) it was just OK. I think it needs a bit more air time than I had the luxury of this evening. It’s good, and has a lot of promise, but seemed a bit tannic/edgy. My restaurant pals enjoyed it, but they enjoy everything I bring.
Mr. April refrained from drinking…I don’t think he had a valid ID.
@karenhynes It’s unusual I’ll pull a cork on a recent delivery, but I was curious and was having some meh red pasta that needed help; it pulled things together. I rather enjoyed the rustic fruit and tannic nature of it, and yes, it did improve a few days later. Perhaps I just wanted to like it for the Peter W. connection to Dick. Took the dregs, ~200ml, to my office mate that likes forward reds and he quite approved. He also really liked the OG N.100 from earlier still.
Mid twenties easily, but I’m a very poor judge of age.
Hadn’t opened one of the syrahs and was trying to determine whether or not to go in on today’s offer. The cab is lovely, but the syrah reminds me of sangria and has a bitter aftertaste so I’ll save the money.
Well tried one of the Kelley Fox Willamette blanc’s came out of the fridge ice cold bright acidity that was fantastic and kind of tasted like a still champagne, as it warmed I got all kind of flavors I really did not like at all? Can’t win them all. Moved on to a great wine imho.
@deadlyapp@hscottk I use one like that from Rabbit, that I think was among the swag WD donated to a wine woot gathering back in the day.
Tonight, the 2nd night in a row with a screw cap, this time it’s 2019 Pink Agua by José Rosé. For some reason I’m not enjoying it as much as the first botle we opened, but it’s pleasant with a Thai dinner.
@ScottW58 meet up with friends in Paso Robles. Haven’t seen them since before the second kid came out. They brought the Opus.
We also drank a 2007 Winesmith Pinot, some Chardonnay, and I roasted some home aged rib roast. 71 days. Soft as butter. No funk at all.
Pretty darn good for about 12.50/bottle, if I recall correctly. Pretty fruity, a little earthy. I didn’t realize when I broke into the case that it was a vertical offer (2017, -18, -19, -20) and the youngest vintage was the top layer. Normally I’d have grabbed the oldest first. Stay tuned for next week. I’ll have to flip the box over if I don’t get around to unpacking the box (which will, undoubtedly, be true).
@klezman First seder: my first-ever brisket, the sweet-and-sour kind. It came out great, if I do say so my self. With a 2012 Bell Cabernet Sauvignon. I hope CT is correct that I have one more, it was delicious.
@davirom the nose is all Pinot honestly.
And the wine is a little thin and acidic for me. I’ll try the other 1/2 tonight with dinner and hopefully it’s better that way.
The Daou rose was also underwhelming. We prefer more of juicy profile not the more minimalist white wine with a tinge of pink that this one is. Got 11 more of them. That is the downside to casemates you can end up with a whole case of wine you don’t love.
Second seder last night, with turkey and flour- and dairy-free gravy and a delicious carrot soufflée:
NV Vazart-Coquart Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Réserve Brut
2016 Tzuba Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Covalli Barolo
2016 Harvest Moon Zinfandel Single Vineyard Pitts Home Ranch Estate
The '04 was a bit rough at PnP, I read that was a ‘difficult’ vintage. My meager notes from a year ago were just ‘nice mature bottle’. Could have been the temperature, or bottle variation for this one, but I’d back that off a bit. Still have 1/2 bottle I’ll sip again tomorrow, with leftovers, with a fresh take after not cooking and tasting at the same time…
@kaolis So I revisited this tonight, same menu.
I’m back to the ‘nice mature bottle’ comment. Not a lot of fruit left, but what was there was, for me, nicely integrated with resolved tannins and medium acid. It’s showing it’s age nicely, and I’m happy to have another couple bottles acquired at $30, and wine searcher is claiming available now at $95 (ouch). Happy with two down, two to go.
@klezman remember when you were down here and we purchased boned legs? This one was one of those that was buried in the freezer from then.
No, not an Arcadian, but I still have leftovers and I’ll pull an '05.
Last night of Passover, matza lasagna in the oven. Opened my first bottle of 2017 Briamara Barbera Canavese Barbapreve from northern Piedmont. Initial tastes suggest this is great stuff - plenty of cherry/plum fruit and lots of chalky character.
No pictures, but last week had a little family reunion in Carlsbad and my wootlegger for the Twisted Oak mystery case last year brought it down with them. Didn’t want to pay $45 to fly the case back, so we decided to drink most of them, as well as a few others. Polished off 10 bottles over 5 days or so.
2016 Sagestone Carnelian
2014 Sterling Vineyards Petite Sirah
2015 L’Ecole Walla Walla Cabernet
2015 Twisted Oak Ole Chumbucket
2015 Twisted Oak Bearded Dragon
2007 Twisted Oak Torcido
2014 Twisted Oak Carignane
2011 Twisted Oak *%#&@!
2009 Twisted Oak Zilch
2014 Twisted Oak Zilch
The twisted oaks were good but I guess I expected to be blown away by them based on comments here. Oh well.
@chefjess A very interesting wine… my first skin contact white. I don’t think I’ve had anything quite like it before. I think it worked better as it warmed into the 60s. The tannin smoothed out and fruit became more prominent. I definitely need to take copious notes when I crack the next bottle.
@klezman@ScottW58 2014 was in prime secondary territory. I think 5-10 years after vintage is a good drinking window but off the truck can be pleasurable, particularly the appellation bottlings. Summa, Summa Old Vine and Occidental my favorites.
It was previously available on Amazon, but I just checked and it’s no longer showing up in the search results. So here’s a direct link to the manufacturer. They simply call it a wine filter pourer.
@FritzCat@rjquillin It is drinking very well, CT window seriously inaccurate. We had about 2/3rds of bottle last night and just put cork back in and left on counter till this evening… still very tasty. I would probably drink up over the next 2 - 3 years vs. 5 or 6 but still plenty of fruit flavors.