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My Ojai shipment arrived Fri, so I pobega'd: 1. OjaiVnyd Chard SolomonHillsVnyd/SantaMariaVlly (13.0%) 2015: Med.gold color; strong melony/Chard/celerey seed light smokey/pencilly/oak slight chalky/perfumed talc quite attractive nose; fairly tart/aci
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"probably at its peak or beyond ..." A six year old Grenache is at peak or beyond? Given the structure and stuff'n of other (non-ENO) wines from Eaglepoint, I'd be disappointed to learn that this is at or beyond peak.
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F. Pittatore - Azienda Agricola Ponte Rocca Vino Barolo 1971 13.5% / 720 ml From the Ponte Rocca farm, produced by Francesco Pittatore. My informations tells me that Ponte Rocca is part of the Brunate vineyard that spans the towns of La Morra and B
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Jump to new posts TN: 2015 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay, Edna Valley by Charlie Chadwick @ 04-22-2017 18:33:58

2015 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay, Edna Valley If you like your chardonnay oaky, this is not for you. If you like your chardonnay entirely in stainless steel or cement eggs, this is not for you. At $13 a bottle this is almost like stealing. There is
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Jump to new posts TN: 2009 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja by Charlie Chadwick @ 04-22-2017 18:18:52

2009 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja Just a gorgeous wine. Smoky red fruit on the nose, a hint of violets. Up front on the palate, cherries blending into dark fruits, a hint of cloves, evident but not overpowering tannins, great acidity
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Jump to new posts Re: 6% Barbera? by Charlie Chadwick @ 04-22-2017 06:10:21

Originally Posted By: BEBAny idea why Dave throws that into the blend other than, "Because he can?" Of course, it's because he can! This isn't even one of his strangest blends. Dave has never been a varietal purist. I attribute it to the influ
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Jump to new posts 6% Barbera? by BEB @ 04-22-2017 06:03:45

As I read through your tasting note, bobbing my head up and down with the grapes and percentages, thinking, "yeah," "Ok," "uhuh", I then tripped up on the Barbara. That struck me as coming from left field. Any idea why Dave throws that into the blen
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Jump to new posts Re: Cheating in Burgundy..... by Florida Jim @ 04-22-2017 05:42:52

Indeed. As we converse, frost is reeking havoc in Champagne and the Jura. I can only imagine how this will effect Burgundy, etc. While the subject is esoteric,, and hence open to humor, the reality translates very differently. Best, Jim
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Jump to new posts TN; 2001 David Coffaro Aco Modot by Charlie Chadwick @ 04-21-2017 18:24:38

2001 David Coffaro Aco Modot It's a bit of a crap shoot with the artificial corks that Dave was using at this point. Tonight was a good experience. The wine is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Barbera, and 5%
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Jump to new posts Re: Cheating in Burgundy..... by Charlie Chadwick @ 04-21-2017 18:14:34

Despite all the wit expended in this thread about the topic, there is a very human element to this. Too many Burgundy growers have been crippled by hail damage in three of the last five vintages. Most are really farmers trying to survive. I don't k
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Jump to new posts TN: MayDie Tannat Madiran Doux '12...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 04-21-2017 11:20:32

Steve brought this dessert wine to our BBB last night: 1. MayDie Tannat Vintage Red Madiran Wine (17%; www.LVDH.com) 2012: Very dark/near black color; rather alcoholic very intense/grapey/black cherry cola/boysenberry/overripe bit pruney rather compl
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Jump to new posts June Rhone Rangers Event by TomHill @ 04-21-2017 10:47:42

They've put up the Seminars on the RhoneRangers WebSite for the June 9-10 event/tasting: JuneRhoneRangers I'll be attending. Tom Seminar 1 - And Now For Something Completely Different: The New Wave of Single-Variety Rhone Wines 11am-12pm - $12
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Jump to new posts Re: brunello di montilcino by fraser @ 04-19-2017 12:42:27

Welcome back, Jim! Unfortunately I haven't any any Brunello for 20+ years and not much before that. Maybe someone else can chime in. Dave? Fraser
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Jump to new posts Re: Gasp..... by BEB @ 04-19-2017 11:52:34

Originally Posted By: Florida JimOriginally Posted By: TomHillOriginally Posted By: Florida JimTom, Without reading the article, I was trying to picture a hailstone shield. My mind went a bit goofy doing so. However, learning that it involves generat
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Jump to new posts Re: Gasp..... by Florida Jim @ 04-19-2017 10:15:26

Originally Posted By: TomHillOriginally Posted By: Florida JimTom, Without reading the article, I was trying to picture a hailstone shield. My mind went a bit goofy doing so. However, learning that it involves generators of silver iodide, I now under
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Jump to new posts TN: Giocato PinotGrigio '15...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 04-19-2017 08:09:45

Not being in the mood last night for a serious wine, I cracked: 1. Giocato PinotGrigio (12%; AugustWineGroup/Seattle) Aleks Simcic/VinskaKlet/GoriskaBrda/Slovenia 2015: Light yellow color; strong quite stony/chalky/mineral/steely light pear/apple/PG
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Jump to new posts Awwww... by TomHill @ 04-19-2017 07:51:20

Originally Posted By: BEBI'll bite, at least as far as the immediate issue. But I don't dare address chaptalization. Is there any evidence that silver particles have has any long term affect on roots, vines or fruit? The underlying article reporte
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Jump to new posts Gasp..... by TomHill @ 04-19-2017 07:47:11

Originally Posted By: Florida JimTom, Without reading the article, I was trying to picture a hailstone shield. My mind went a bit goofy doing so. However, learning that it involves generators of silver iodide, I now understand. And my first question
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Jump to new posts Re: Cheating in Burgundy..... by BEB @ 04-19-2017 07:46:53

I'll bite, at least as far as the immediate issue. But I don't dare address chaptalization. Is there any evidence that silver particles have has any long term affect on roots, vines or fruit? The underlying article reported that, "Growers looked i
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Jump to new posts Re: Cheating in Burgundy..... by Florida Jim @ 04-19-2017 07:36:29

Tom, Without reading the article, I was trying to picture a hailstone shield. My mind went a bit goofy doing so. However, learning that it involves generators of silver iodide, I now understand. And my first question would be about the silver iodide
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Jump to new posts Cheating in Burgundy..... by TomHill @ 04-19-2017 07:23:38

As linked in Terroirist, TomWark poses an interesting question: TomWark/Cheating about the creation of a hail shield in Burgundy and if it is, thereby, altering the sacrosanct "terroir" of Burgundy. I find it interesting that a BioDynamic gr
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Jump to new posts TN: Two More Carlisle Syrahs '03...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 04-18-2017 08:28:03

Tried these two last night and the end of my battle w/ tax forms: 1. Carlisle Syrah DryCreekVlly (15.8%; 310 cs) SantaRosa 2003: Dark color w/ slight browning; rather blackberry/jammy/Syrah/bit overripe slight fumey/alcoholic some dusty/earthy light
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Jump to new posts TN: Three ArbeGarbe Whites...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 04-17-2017 17:29:59

Dipped into my ArbeGarbe stash this weekend: 1. ArbeGarbe SonomaCnty WW (14%; 45% old-vine TocaiFriuliano/PaganiRanch/SonomaVlly, 35% Catie'sCorner MalvasiaBianca, 20% Tanya'sVnyd RibollaGialla/RRV; short skin contact) 2014: Med.light gold color; qui
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Jump to new posts TN: Carlisle Syrah PelkanRanch '03...(short/boring) by TomHill @ 04-17-2017 07:28:08

Tried the w/ company on Sat: 1. Carlisle PelkanRanch/KnightsVlly Syrah (15.9%; 110 cs) Santa Rosa 2003: Very dark color w/ no bricking; strong ripe/blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah slight peppery/graphite slight alcoholic bit herbal/pungent/perfumed nos
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