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You been in jail or something for 3 years?

nah, just been pretty busy so I've been avoiding being online too much.
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I had these at a tasting recently: http://www.noblewine.de/Verkostung/Noble%20Wine_Die%20große%20Rieslingverkostung_29.06.12.pdf
I especially liked the Adam Piesporter Riesling and the Schäfer-Fröhlich Spätlese Goldkapsel. Von Winning Jesuitengarten was also very good.
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Very nice. Great value. Retails for 13€, bought at an outlet for 9€.
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Last night I had a 2010 Broc Cellars Cuvee 12.5. Its something like 93% Syrah/7% Grenache from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the name is apparently a dig at hefty wines typical of the area. I really liked it - great aromatics, particularly a really nice olive and pepper smell. Great structure, with a barely perceptible touch of oak and very nice acidity. Picture perfect wine for the dinner table and being a big fan of Northern Rhone Syrahs, I'm pleased as punch to get something like this made domestically.
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Last night I had a 2010 Broc Cellars Cuvee 12.5. Its something like 93% Syrah/7% Grenache from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the name is apparently a dig at hefty wines typical of the area. I really liked it - great aromatics, particularly a really nice olive and pepper smell. Great structure, with a barely perceptible touch of oak and very nice acidity. Picture perfect wine for the dinner table and being a big fan of Northern Rhone Syrahs, I'm pleased as punch to get something like this made domestically.

I'll keep my eye open for this--especially when I'm down in Virginia for a few months this fall, since I've never run across it at the PA wine stores.
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I'll keep my eye open for this--especially when I'm down in Virginia for a few months this fall, since I've never run across it at the PA wine stores.

I've got two more wines by him - 2007 Luna Matta (Paso Robles) Mourvedre and 2007 Dry Stack Vineyard Grenache (Bennett Valley - Sonoma) and I'm super stoked to open both, but I'm waiting till its a bit cooler and I can more easily enjoy a more-than-flyweight red wine. He also does a carbonic maceration Carignan, which is supposed to be very good. I really like the kind of things this guy is doing - its the kind of winemaking I'm interested in.
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I thought Russell Bevan made the Dry Stack?
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With grower-producer grape contracts, who knows? Could be he cut back on the amount of Grenache he was buying from Dry Stack and Chris Brockway got in there and bought up the difference or something like that. Or maybe they expanded the planting.

Edit: After a quick google, looks like the Dry Stack Vineyard is for sale! A mere 3.9 million for the whole 47 acre estate, if I'm reading this right.
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My bad, I didn't realize Dry Stack was a vineyard designation in this case. Bevan makes a few Grey Stack vineyard wines (or made) in past vintages. I got my stacks mixed up. biggrin.gif
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Does anyone have experience with Ferrari's (not Ferrari Carano) "spumantes", i.e. the Brut, Brut Maximum and Perlé?
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I drink the Ferrari brut once in awhile, it's not bad for the price - what is it in Europe, 15 euro? It's not champagne but fills a need.
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It's around 17,50€. The Maximum/Perlé is 20-25€. I can get any of them for 11.99€. Just bought two Perlé and one Maximum. Drinking the Perlé '04 atm. It tastes quite good, very dry, a little fruity, acidic, but I think a (slight) hint of sherry, too -- sign of wrong storage?!
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Château de Chantegrive year 2010, any good? Thinking about scoring me a bottle.

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Last night I had a 2011 Pascal Janvier Cuvee des Rosiers from the Coteaux du Loir. 100% Pinot d'Aunis and unoaked. Absolutely one of the strangest, coolest, and most fascinating wines I've had in ages. The color was barely darker than a rose and the aroma was powerful. Lots of fresh sour red fruit and this herbal character I had a hard time defining - somewhere between a Cabernet Franc's bell pepper and some sort of pine-like aroma, and yet that smell was completely and inextricably bound to the fruit. The palate carries basically the same description, with some flowers and a rather surprising tannin. Great acidity and it was kind of lip-smackingly delicious. Its really fun to get a wine thats unlike anything you've ever had before.
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Last night I had a 2011 Pascal Janvier Cuvee des Rosiers from the Coteaux du Loir. 100% Pinot d'Aunis and unoaked. Absolutely one of the strangest, coolest, and most fascinating wines I've had in ages. The color was barely darker than a rose and the aroma was powerful. Lots of fresh sour red fruit and this herbal character I had a hard time defining - somewhere between a Cabernet Franc's bell pepper and some sort of pine-like aroma, and yet that smell was completely and inextricably bound to the fruit. The palate carries basically the same description, with some flowers and a rather surprising tannin. Great acidity and it was kind of lip-smackingly delicious. Its really fun to get a wine thats unlike anything you've ever had before.

Sounds perfect for this weather. I've enjoyed a Loire valley pinot d'aunis from Clos Roche Blanche which has many of the characteristics you describe. Last night, late into the warm evening we enjoyed our favorite rose from Tempier.
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