I opened a 2009 Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon with no expectations, to have with our Tuna Sandwiches and Broccoli Salad. And…Wow, it was an excellent highly extracted, over-oaked incredibly well-balanced Washington Cabernet…that tasted more like Napa to me.
The good news is that I have four more!!!
I feel a Flannery coming on!
(Cellartracker gives it a 93, and I agree.)
Oh yeah, no rats for the brut, and I was drinking, not tasting.
Well, not as racy as that giphy I got for the case, bit this is a clear step above the Gruet. Dry, has some stone fruits in there, light mousse, clean, crisp.
I’d buy again with no hesitation.
We still drive there, but then it’s a bit under two hours.
Childhood vacations were always by car, no matter how far. I remember we used to lay up on the “back windshield” (for lack of a better descriptor). I’m not certain the back seats even had seatbelts!
2017 Suncé Zinfandel Old Clones Cattich Vineyard
from GO for $8.
Spoke with Janae at Suncé to get some deets, as it’s no longer on their site, but it went for 32~40 and got a Gold at SF Chronicle Wine Competition. A bit hot at 15.5, but it blows off with a bit of time. RS at 0.04, so that’s easily at threshold but not at all overbearing. Not an InZin, but there are similarities. If that’s at all in your profile, this is a steal.
She said GO also picked up some SB and Chard.
Tonight was the first time since mid-March that I’ve been able to eat at my little Italian joint across the street, live and in person. I’ve been supporting them as much as possible with carryout orders over the past few months (as well as their gofundme for the front house staff). They’re only allowed outdoor seating, but it was so good to see some of the house crew back and working. I missed my Lago people a lot.
It was really nice, at the end of the night, to sit with the owners, share a glass (or two) of wine, and let them know how great it was to see them having to turn away folks they didn’t have space to seat.
I hope each of you, at some point in your life, have a place that makes you feel like family. Lago is my “Cheers”. Everybody knows my name. I’m ways welcome. They treat me like family.
@hscottk@pseudogourmet98 With this (and a number of dishes) we double the recipe (to make 8 servings), eat 2 for dinner, put 2 in the fridge (to eat 3 or 4 days later or so), and freeze 4 (in 2 separate dishes) for future dinners. Makes the effort of cooking much more worthwhile!
1996 Wellington Vineyards Zinfandel Estate 100 Year Old Vines. From a 2017 w.woot mystery offer. Not bricked or raisiny, drinking just fine. Needed the ah-so to extract the cork, but no sediment or crystals in the bottle. The wine itself was fantastic. I lucked out with the library bottle in that box.
Shared a bottle of 2003 Wellington Vintage Port and some great cheese with friends this weekend. Port was delicious but dang, there was some significant stuff/sediment/film coming out of that bottle, the likes of which I’ve never encountered.
@benguin986 I checked CellarTracker, which says I have one of that vintage, in the office. Either it’s one of the few boxes I didn’t have time to haul home before the place sent everyone home in March, or it’s here at home and I’m just lousy at noting location changes. Hoping it’s the former.
2nd night of a 2011 Ty Caton Cabernet Sauvignon. Amazingly good tonight too. Glad I bought more from Winespies. And, later, over a game of cards, I’ll pop a 2013 Pedroncelli Four Grapes Vintage Port. Life is good.
Last night at our friend’s birthday dinner;
2015 La Tordera Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brunei Brut w/fruit and cheese tray
2018 J. Dusi Rosé w/mixed greens salad
2012 JanKris Viognier w/lemon chicken
2010 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage w/grilled tenderloin
30th birthday social distance get together for daughter.
2016 Virage Vineyards Cabernet Franc Rosé
2013 Ladera Pinot Noir Pillow Road Vineyard
2010 Charles Woodson Wines Cabernet Sauvignon TwentyFour
2010 Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
started with a sampling of the Vigo Grenache Blanc from a few weeks ago. Refreshing but not interesting.
2014 Bell Cabernet - this one gets a big ol’ WTF from me. So. Much. Oak. Completely unlike every Bell I’ve ever tasted, and really hammers home the comment Anthony made a long time ago about shifting his style toward earlier consumption.
2018 Stolpman Grenache
After the end of a 2014 Particular Old Vine Garnacha (thanks @cortot, been meaning to open one of these)
The Stolpman is very nice, I do get the carbonic sense but it largely goes away with a swirl of the glass. The bright red grenache fruit is in the front, some astringent tannin at the finish, but the familiar candied red cherries, maybe some raspberries too is there. Went well with the grilled chipolte chicken, peppers, onions and black beans. Color me happy.
I’d put this up against some of the better Napa cabs I’ve had in recent years. I may have overcooked the Flannery ribeye but the wine did not disappoint. The porterhouse pork chop was a standout as well.
Trying the 2016 Vigo Viognier - it’s okay. Very lemon-driven.
Moving on to a Garagiste mystery wine - 2016 Acacia Pinot Noir, RRV. Apparently this retails for $50, but that’s really hard to believe. (By that, I mean it’s listed on the website for that much or higher, but I can’t imagine anybody selling it for that much.)
@chipgreen Those are nice old Woot Cellars picks! (Except the Fruit Bomber that was always too fruity for me.) @WineDavid49 are you going to be sourcing some more interesting CM-branded wines compared to the QPR Select? I hear 2018 and 2019 had wine gluts…
@klezman Yeah, I’ve had two of those (I think the 2013 and 2014), and they were both great. I like more than other quality (and/or expensive) Grenaches that I’ve had. Got one more in that last mixed case and will really pay attention next time. if a discounted case of those every comes up . . .
I was reading a thread on wines people like that are under 13 abv and someone piqued my interest talking about these wines, so being board I jumped on a couple of cab francs and this Malbec. I think the honey nut lowered my cholesterol win win
Over the last 2 days of vacation;
2013 WineSmith Meritage while dining at Fogo de Chao (Brazilian steakhouse)
2014 Hunt Country Vidal Blanc
2013 Hunt Country Valvin Muscat
2015 Dennen Vacationer Rose
2018 J Dusi Rose
2016 Virage Vineyards Rose
Also, we went on a wine tasting boat tour yesterday, here in St. Augustine. They served;
San Sebastian Vintner’s White
Kenwood Pinot Noir
San Sebastian Vintner’s Red
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Private Selection
Yes, Florida, where just about everything is open, and we keep breaking the daily record for new confirmed cases. But hey, it’s supposed to slack off in the summer when it’s warm and there’s humidity, right?
@pseudogourmet98 This morning we watched our governor’s final (we hope) covid briefing (from Thursday), replete with the signature bombast, sarcasm, self-congratulation, and sotto voce snark. The man can talk. We have been loving them, they’re most entertaining. I especially enjoyed his soliloquy on whether NY should make arrivals from FL quarantine. He says he’s still contemplating, but clearly he relishes the prospect of turnabout.
Whatever. Stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands, and give a wide berth to that guy with the cough.
Stood this up a few months ago and never got around to it until now, starting to open up after 40 minutes in the decanter. Dried strawberry, dried sour cherry and mixed nuts? Plenty of acid and a bit of tannin, great so far. Happy father’s day!
Since this was our first purchase and I’ve never tried them before, I thought it would be fun to open a ridiculously young 2018 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard
First impressions - yum.
@ctmariner@Winedavid49 Yeah, I think we watched that episode. We’d heard about her restaurant a year or so before she became too well known to get a seat. It’s 1.5 blocks from our old apartment, too. Hate that we missed that opportunity.
@rjquillin i have not had the 2014, the one I have was in a badly heat damaged shipment and has been sitting at the bottom of my cellar at my parents place for a couple of years. Probably should pull a cork at some point and put it out of its misery.