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Jump to new posts TN: Forlorn-Hope Ost-Intrigen St.Laurent '15...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 11 minutes 21 seconds ago

Tried this ugly wine last night: 1. Forlorn-Hope Ost-Intrigen St.Laurent RicciVnyd/Carneros (9.64%; 125 cs) Murphys 2015: Med.light color; quite earthy/loamy/metallic ozone/reductive/burning steel wool rather pungent little fruit quite strange/unattr
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Jump to new posts TN: Some Older Forlorn-Hope Whites....(short/boring) by TomHill @ 33 minutes 49 seconds ago

Tried these w/ Susan this weekend. It was not a great showing by Matt: 1. Forlorn-Hope Amerikanischen Kobold Riesling KichOnRanch/LosAlamos (10.21%; 167 cs) Fairfield 2013: Med.gold color; lightly floral/R/mango quite chalky/mineral somewhat attracti
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Jump to new posts TN: Two Ryme Reds....(short/boring) by TomHill @ Today at 13:53

Tasted these two over the last few nights: 1.Ryme Aglianico LunaMattaVnyd/PasoRobles (14.1%) Forestville 2009: Very dark color; intense plummy/blackberry/boysenberry/licorice bit PasoRobles/jammy light toasty/oak/charred some complex nose; lightly ta
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Jump to new posts SFChron: Death of Nicholas Molnar by TomHill @ Yesterday at 15:36

I have, of course, followed the history of the Calif wine industry from the very start. Having read most of the early books on the history of Calif viticulture, I thought I pretty much knew it all. Turns out I don't know jack-$hit. Esther Mobley h
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Jump to new posts TN: 2018 Dupuis Pinot Noir Le Benedict Anderson Valley by Charlie Chadwick @ Yesterday at 14:55

2018 Dupuis Pinot Noir Le Benedict Anderson Valley This has developed significantly since my last bottle 14 months ago. Lovely translucent cherry red in color. A dark, almost brooding nose. The palate is bright and lovely with cherry fruit and some
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Jump to new posts TN: RobertBiale Zin PartyLine '19....(short/boring) by TomHill @ 01-23-2022 15:35:39

Tried this unusually modestly priced Biale Zin this weekend: 1. RobertBiale Zin PartyLine NorthCoast (14.7%) Napa 2019: Dark color; rather earthy/MendoCnty/tomatoey rather vanilla/Am.oak some raspberry/Zin/bit spicy bit old-timey/redwood tanky slight
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Tried these two new natural wines w/ Susan this weekend: 1. Christina Zweigelt Weinland/Austria (12%; www.christinawines.com/; Jenny & Francois Slctns/NY) Weingut Franz Netzl/Gottlesbrunn/Carnuntum/Austria 2020: Very dark color; rather strong earthy/
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Jump to new posts TN: 2013 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley by Charlie Chadwick @ 01-22-2022 10:44:54

2013 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Decanted for 2.5 hours. Vibrant dark cherry color. Black cherries, tobacco, anise on the nose. Lush, intense fruit, black cherries, blackberries, tobacco, anise. Great texture. Still big tannins. Great ac
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Jump to new posts Re: Flowers by Charlie Chadwick @ 01-21-2022 20:28:26

James, I remember the “cheerleader in chief” quite well. The Flowers wines weren’t bad but they were far from what they were touted to be. Not the only time he misled me. I was a lot more suggestible back then. 😉. This was my last bot
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Jump to new posts Flowers by James Cross @ 01-21-2022 09:27:39

Charlie: I had this wine about two years ago with a fellow on Berserkers who is also a winemaker. It showed a bit better then, but was clearly on the downward slope. If anyone here remembers the old Spectator boards, circa 1996, the Flowers Cheerl
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Jump to new posts TN: 2015 Francois Crochet Sancerre Les Amoureuses by Charlie Chadwick @ 01-21-2022 09:06:26

2015 Francois Crochet Sancerre Les Amoureuses This has improved over my last bottle (which I really liked). Beautiful deep gold color. Spicy nose with thyme and lemon notes. Deeply flavored on the palate. Lemons, herbs, minerals, honey. Beautiful cr
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Jump to new posts TN: 2019 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel by Charlie Chadwick @ 01-21-2022 09:04:31

2019 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel Vibrant purple in color. Warm spices and bramble fruit on the nose. Soft and lovely on the palate, blackberries and baking spice. Firm tannins, great acidity and balance. Finishes long with black fruits and spice. Pe
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2016 Cobb Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Sonoma Coast Bright red with some translucence at the rim. Violets and cherries with warm spices on the nose. Precise, lovely fruit on the palate, strawberry, cranberry, spice. Firm tannins, br
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Jump to new posts TN: Two older Pinots from Sonoma by Charlie Chadwick @ 01-21-2022 09:00:55

1998 Flowers Pinot Noir Camp Meeting Ridge Sonoma Coast Slightly brownish red in color. Earthy, forest floor nose, but no fruit. Shot on the palate. Harsh and faded. Out of balance. Should have been drunk years ago. Not fair to give it a grade. 19
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Jump to new posts TN: Deiss Poliziano Le Stanze Lingua Franca Pinot by Bill Spohn @ 01-20-2022 11:15:55

Got together with a couple of friends to sit in front of the fire and sip wine yesterday. The wines turned out to be really excellent. 2016 Marcel Deiss Riesling – this Alsatian is showing a tad more colour than the last time I opened one, but has t
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Jump to new posts Re: TN: Cigliuti Barbaresco Serraboella 2005 by fraser @ 01-19-2022 16:35:39

Yes, I wouldn't think they are full-blown modern either. I'll report back as I have a bit of this wine in other vintages but based on the 2005, I might not be rushing to try them either. I think I'll let them age for a while longer. Fraser
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Dipping into my Ryme collection, tried these two last night: 1. Ryme Vermentino "Hers" LasBrisasVnyd/Carneros/SonomaCnty (12.8%) 2013: Light gold color; very strong floral/Verm/carnations very perfumed some musky/herbal/new mown alfalfa some complex
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