@danandlisa@karenhynes Well, I was notified, and UPS said it was delivered. But when I checked the shipping details, it was delivered to my old address. I notified Casemates (and the new owners) and all is well. If I get any comments from the recipients, I’ll post them.
Anybody in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, listen up…
Just got the new (yes, just bottled) 2015 Long Point Zinfandel, and it is phenomenal: Good Fruit, Good Oak, Brambly - Enough Tannin Structure that it should last a while in the cellar. They’re on the East side of Cayuga Lake. And…Customers in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and Florida get free shipping on orders of one case or more! Use Coupon Code: CASE when ordering from longpointwinery.com.
@FritzCat Yeah, a local guy using CA grapes is making a very tasty Zinfandel. I just wanted to get the word out there. I do feel somewhat sheepish about using this forum to do so…but I feel we’re all comrades in the pursuit of tasty wines.
2000 Turley Zinfandel Estate
I think these are little older than optimal for Turley. Seems that 7-12 years hits the right balance of fruit and complexity. At least with the older winemaking regime - maybe Tegan’s influence has things being more ageable now.
Last night we provided the wines for our friends’ 13th wedding anniversary dinner;
2016 Anne Amie Cuvée A Amrita as an aperitif
2012 Wellington Vineyards Roussanne w/shrimp in butter sauce over angel hair pasta
2013 Benessere Rosato di Sangiovese w/spinach ravioli
2001 Ardente Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva w/filet mignon & green beans w/almond slices
N.V. Vilarnau Cava Brut Rosado w/spring salad & mixed berries
2007 Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah Port w/chocolate cake
On May 2nd, our daughters treated SWMBO and I to an online tasting by Frog’s Leap (tourists from the 2008 rpm Magical History Tour may remember visiting) of their Merlot. 2013, 2003 and, optionally 1993. We didn’t do the 1993. Both wines were excellent examples of Napa Valley Merlot made by someone who understands the grape and makes it taste like wine… The 2013 looks to have another 10-15 years life in it. Very solid, well balanced wine, still significant fruit, and rather closed to start, but nice structure. The 2003 was much more about bottle bouquet. Bordeaux-like aroma complexity and very nice flavors, with good fruit. The middle palate showed some flabbiness (they called it “roundness” when I commented on it online ) and my sense was that the acid/tannin balance in the finish was tending a bit more towards acid. In short, a wine at or very near peak to drink over the next year or three, but not a 25-30 year wine. Wish I’d tasted the 1993 for comparison (as they said that was still nicely alive), but the grapes weren’t from the same vineyard as they used for both the 2003 and 2013.
Well considering a lot of people will tell you not to touch Vega Unico for 20 or 30 years from vintage not sure how modern that is? Maybe because they are from Ribera del Duero and they use American oak like everyone in Spain some people feel they are modern?
@klezman I opened my only bottle of this over the past weekend, and was greeted with a sour smelling cork, and a wine that tasted like a wet paper towel. Very sad, as it went down the drain…then opened a very nice '12 Wellington Petit Verdot to cleanse the palate, which was quite enjoyable (last of those, as well).
@CObrent This is my only bottle - I decided to open this one younger rather than go in on my 2010/11s.
This is not corked or turned to vinegar. This is deliciousness.
Got a couple hundred Wellingtons to tide me over for the next decade plus.
@rjquillin I think I bought the Merlot rather than the Tempranillo. Whichever it was, unfortunately it predated my entry into using CT. I guess I could page through all my Woot purchases… or not. Definitely not.
They never did get that “search order history” thing going, did they.
2014 Bridge 1904 Cabernet Sauvignon. Had a 2013 a few days ago and am a bit let down by both. Removed the remaining bottles out of my “preferred” (temperature controlled) storage into my basement locker and moved some bottles that I am enjoying more (Two Jakes Aspects meritage) into the preferred storage.
Well, I was really hoping this would be my summer porch/balcony wine, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case (pun intended!). I remember tasting it when I bought it and thinking it was oddly herbal. I hoped it was just on an “awkward” phase, but it’s still odd. At this point, I can say it has a “nose” but I can’t identify any component of it. Same for the palate. I’m confounded. I want to love it (it’s WineSmith!)…but I don’t. Pedroncelli to the rescue!?
Need to drink away the frustration of Casemates again shipping on a Friday, on the hottest weekend so far this year…Good reminder of why I’ve cut back drastically. They used to have this shipping thing handled like a boss and now it seems to always be the worst possible timing.
@trifecta I received my ship notice for the Scott Harvey today, showing delivery for Tuesday which means its sitting somewhere hot over the weekend as it only takes two days to arrive. If they had shipped Monday it would be delivered Wednesday, basically moving the whole time.
@klezman@rc70 Yes. Entered system on Thurs, then “shipped” Friday from Petaluma at 7:15pm to arrive in Lathrop at 1AM. Will probably sit in Lathrop heat for a day or two before moving up the I5 corridor. One can only hope they bring it indoors in Lathrop, where it will be 95F today and 87F tomorrow.
Unload; not so at one of the centers in SD.
I went to pick up a box and the agent went to look and said the truck had already been unloaded, so he couldn’t find it.
At least this seems to be protocol at the destination.
2016 Cabot Vineyards Zinfandel Marier Vineyard
Own-rooted, planted 2005, Cabot’s estate vineyard. This is fantastic. After hating Zinfandels for so long, turns out that there have been producers all along making lower alcohol Zin-based wines of place: Scott Harvey, Turley (sometimes), Cabot, Harvest Moon, Easton, Once&Future, Ridge, Briceland, and maybe Bedrock.
@trifecta That’s a tough one, the two blondes was sooo young but had all the parts I look for in a great cab. The Goat also had tons of structure but was super delicious at this young age, both needed a really long decant. So I guess I will go with the Goat right now IMHO this is some great wine making and hopefully they survive these crappy times!
Also starting off with a BD purchase: 2018 Sabelli-Frisch Flame Tokay Lanterna Chandler Vineyard
This is quite the nerd wine and very tasty, too! Never before has the descriptor “raisin” been a positive for me.
Drinking very well but certainly can go for years. Blueberry, black fruit nose, tannin’s very well integrated.
I’m not going to drink up my remaining bottles anytime soon, (4 left) but will probably pull one every 12 - 18 months.
@rjquillin@mark_l one of the great pleasures in having children is the ability to blame them for just about everything! The owner of the Beats headphones (extreme left of photo) is the responsible party.
@rjquillin It was very good. Tasted young, rather old-world, bright with plenty of acidity. Drinking the other half tonight. Wait a sec. Great nose today, still bright, a little more depth today. I’d drink one of the '06s. I was going to pull out a Turley cab, but decided that I wanted something more ‘classic’.
Tonight: was looking for some Scherrer since neither they nor I know if it was shipped/received.
Found a case of Goodfellow instead, but didn’t want that with pizza. Ended up with a 2015 CR Graybehl Grenache Mathis Vineyard
I didn’t even know I had.
Nice bottle. Need to try that Goodfellow with a better pairing than pizza. @scottw58
@hscottk It was good. Certainly younger, went through some more open and some more closed phases over the evening. About 1/3 is left for tonight. I ended up with 5 bottles, otherwise I wouldn’t have opened one up so young. These are built to age nicely.
Also burger night…
Custom Flannery blend of 50% hanger, 25% Wagyu short rib and 25% rib cap fat; those puppies were ~juicy~.
Cuban beans, mac-n-cheese and grilled corn.
2012 Virage Vineyards Bourriquot; 73/27 CF/Merlot blend
Yum. Not frequently do I say I should have gotten more, this is one of those times. @rc70 good now but should get better; pop one.
@rjquillin they are coming or with a berserker blend but I have to say this Kali blend might be the best burger I have ever had! Info from Flannery website…
“When we wanted to call on a chef to help us figure out the ultimate dry-aged combo for a burger, we immediately tapped chef pal Kevin Meehan. He was awarded his first Michelin star this this year for his restaurant Kali in Los Angeles – and many would agree he has one of the best burgers in the city. Just in time for the holidays, we’re pleased to share a custom burger blend as directed by Chef Meehan, now available. Flannery’s Kali Burger Blend is a secret, naturally, but trust us—it’ll earn you your own Michelin star at home”
@klezman@rjquillin@ScottW58 Looking at my order history it appears I order about every 6 weeks, generally load up whenever they have a sale. Definitely my preferred beef purveyor although I do use Costco also.
Last night was 07 Wellington Victory with grilled ribeyes, homemade creamed spinach and salt baked potatoes.
Tonight Vino Noceto Sangiovese with 48 hour bolognese.
Trying to decide what to pour with the coconut tequila key lime pie I made.
Do you have any Verdejo? If not, maybe a Viognier or Sauv Blanc. Or if you want to highlight the coconut instead of the key lime, you could try a buttery chard or full bodied white like a Wellington Roussanne.
Last night at a backyard wedding.
Pedroncelli ‘18 rose
Filigree ‘17 Pinot Grigio
Shannon ridge ‘18 dalliance arabella Pinot Grigio
Lang Twins ‘18 moscato
Little vineyards band blend live
Aril ‘13 Syrah atlas peak
Robert hall ‘15 Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Tercero Syrah Thompson Vineyard @TerceroWines would appreciate that when taking a sniff from almost every bottle we open, one of says “not corked!”
Oh yeah, this is delicious, too. Glad I held on to it for 6 years.
Ravings? Haha, I have certainly promoted its use a number of times so I guess that’s not unfair. I’ve gone through a couple dozen of them because I end up giving them away all the time to people who are impressed with the amount of sediment they trap.
But yes, the mesh screen is only so fine and the smallest grains of sediment do get through. I usually try to be careful not to tip the bottle too much on that last pour for that very reason. Better to leave a few drops in the bottle than get a mouthful of sediment on the last sip. If there is a filtered pour spout that does a better job, I would love to know about it!
2016 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2015 Keller Estate Pinot Noir La Cruz Vineyard
2011 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta with Flannery Hangers wonderful wine and great beef!
Pinot pre dinner with appetizers and hanging out.
Back in Salt Lake City for a weekend visit with the kids, first time in 2 1/2 months to my pre Covid regular residence.
Opened a 2011 Wellington Estate Syrah to accompany some leftover grilled chicken from Saturday’s Labrat of the 2018 Stolpman Syrah. Didn’t have the freshness of the Stolpman, but very enjoyable. Not much left for tomorrow.