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Jump to new posts TN: Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf du Pape 2012 by fraser @ Today at 10:50

Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf du Pape 2012 14.5% Imported by Free Run This struggled to reach the heights of an average Cotes du Rhone. To me, on the lower step of CNP. Another poor CNP purchase from Garagiste. I've been on a roll to get rid of all th
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Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Tradition 2012 15.5% Imported by Free Run, WA This is clearly better than the 2011 I had recently. It has its moments of goodness where it begins to resemble its classification (resolved blueberries - some nice s
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Jump to new posts Re: TN: 2012 Brick House "Les Dijonnais" (Ribbon Ridge) by Charlie Chadwick @ Yesterday at 18:09

Thanks for the note. I have three bottles of these in the cellar I've been waiting on. I'll have to pull one out soon to try. Charlie
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Jump to new posts TN: 2012 Brick House "Les Dijonnais" (Ribbon Ridge) by James Cross @ Yesterday at 12:26

Not much chatter here on Brick House wines. They are one of my top 3-4 Oregon faves and Doug Tunnell is a class act. Alcohol is 13.8. Tasted out of a Reidell "Oregon" pinot noir glass, a must have if you don't have anything else to do with your mo
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Jump to new posts TN: Two Ridge & A Bedrock Zins......(short/boring) by TomHill @ 03-02-2021 11:37:46

Had these for dinner last night: 1. Ridge Zin BuchagnaniRanch/SonomaCnty (96% Zin/4% Carignane; 15.1%; 44 brls; bttld Dec 06; Drk: 10/06-10/12-10/13: JO) 2005: Med.light rather bricked/brown color; strong pencilly/cedary/oldZin/tired very slight rasp
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Jump to new posts Yup... by TomHill @ 03-02-2021 10:59:14

Yup, Bill.....sounds about where I would expect it to be. Surprised it was better than the BienNacido '97. RollRanch is much warmer and would not expect it to age quite as well. But those Ojai Syrahs make great old bones. Tom
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Jump to new posts TN: 1997 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vd. by Bill Spohn @ 03-01-2021 14:13:36

This is one of the best Californian Syrahs Iíve had the pleasure of tasting. It has been in my cellar since release and I have been eying it for some years now and finally decided to pull the cork. Still quite a dark colour, the age betrayed only by
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Delving deeper into my Ridge ATP shipment, I tried last night, w/ very low expectations: 1. Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch/HillsideOldVine/AlexVlly/SonomaCnty (13.8%; 60 brls; bttld 12/20; Drk: 10/20-10/26: JO) 2019: Very dark/near black color; very
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Jump to new posts Re: Harumph.. by Charlie Chadwick @ 03-01-2021 12:30:22

Originally Posted By: TomHill Harumph, Charlie...real wine connoisseurs don't...sniff/sniff...drink PinotGrigio!! Not had this '19, but previous vintages have been quite delicious & refreshing. Tom Well, no one has ever accused me of being a conn
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Jump to new posts Harumph.. by TomHill @ 03-01-2021 11:25:16

Originally Posted By: Charlie Chadwick2019 Cantina Terlan Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Sudtirol First bottle of the new vintage and once again delightful. Clean, crisp light honey and lemon nose. The fruit is juicy and spicy, white peaches, citrus. Crisp
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Jump to new posts TN: 2019 Cantina Terlan Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Sudtirol by Charlie Chadwick @ 03-01-2021 09:29:33

2019 Cantina Terlan Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Sudtirol First bottle of the new vintage and once again delightful. Clean, crisp light honey and lemon nose. The fruit is juicy and spicy, white peaches, citrus. Crisp, refreshing acidity, great balance. F
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Jump to new posts Re: TN: 2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis by Charlie Chadwick @ 03-01-2021 09:26:05

James, I bought this on release and my records back then (2006) are sketchy. I recall it was around $200-$225/bottle release price. A few years later I managed to get the 2008 for $150, but that was a special deal. Charlie
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Jump to new posts Re: TN: 2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis by James Cross @ 03-01-2021 09:11:55

Charlie: Can I be so crass as to ask the tariff on this one? I know their prices have sky rocketed. I had some of Clarendon's more basic wines back in the day but have never replaced them. It seems like Grange and Astralis are in a race to see w
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Jump to new posts TN: A White & An Orange...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 02-28-2021 14:19:53

Tried these two new wines last night: 1. Durin Vermentino Dd'OC: Riviera Ligure di Ponente (13%; NorthBerkleyImprts; www.Durin.It) AntonioBasso/Ortovero 2019: Light gold color; very fragrant Verm/floral/gardenias light chalky/perfumed talc slight spi
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Jump to new posts TN: 2014 Wrath Pinot Noir KW Ranch Santa Lucia Highlands by Charlie Chadwick @ 02-28-2021 07:28:41

2014 Wrath Pinot Noir KW Ranch Santa Lucia Highlands Last bottle was 20 months ago and this remains a lovely bottle of Pinot. Deep, complex nose, raspberry, pepper. Rich fruit on the palate, cherry, strawberry, raspberry. Smooth tannins, excellent a
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Jump to new posts TN: 2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis by Charlie Chadwick @ 02-27-2021 12:24:20

2004 Clarendon Hills Astralis Aussie Shiraz at its best. Decanted for 90 minutes. Beautiful nose of red berries, cassis, roast meats. The palate shows deep, rich fruit, dark fruits, black cherry, blackberry, anise. Beautifully resolved tannins, gre
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2018 Paul Launois Champagne Grand Cru Monochrome Mesnil-sur-Oger Blanc de Blancs. The palate has a candied lemon quality with light notes of freshly baked brioche. Lovely, rich texture. Very fine bead. Perfectly balanced acidity. Finishes long and
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Tasted this last night as my white: 1. Solminer GrunerVeltliner Curarse La Cruda Skin-Frmtd deLandaVnyd/LosOlivosDist (11.6%; #910 of 2626 btls) 2019: Med.dark gold color quite murky/cloudy; somewhat resiny/phenolic/ViniMacerati/cidery some GV/floral
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Jump to new posts TN: Ridge Zin WildCattleCreek '18....(short/boring) by TomHill @ 02-27-2021 10:02:24

My Ridge ATP arrived ystrday, so I cracked: 1. Ridge Zin WildCattleCreek/DryCreekVlly/SonomaCnty (85% Zin/10% Carignane/5% PetiteSirah; 14.7%; 20 brls; bttld April 2020; Drk: 3/20-3/25-3/26: JO; tartaric acid) 2018: Fairly dark color; strong vanilla/
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Taking one for the team, I cracked last night: 1. Forlorn-Hope Ost-Intrigen St.Laurent RicciVnyd/Carneros (11.06; 142 cs) Murphys 2014: Med.dark color w/ light bricking; strong earthy/loamy/compost pile/forest floor light pencilly/oak some plummy/Pin
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Jump to new posts TN: A White & A Red for DinDin...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 02-26-2021 13:46:25

We had these two last night for dinner: 1. Cantina Tramin Kellerei GWT DOC: Sudtirol-AltoAdige WW (14.5%; L20/055; www.CantinaTramin.It; WineBowImprts) Termeno/Bolzano 2019: Med.dark gold color; low-key/fragrant lychee/GWT/floral/pear pleasant enough
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