The Official Wine Thread

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  1. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    had a solid Gavi last night. Was perfect with the soup I made, but I still have a preference for other Italian whites.
     
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    Had a few bottles of 2007 Caymus Special Selection this past weekend. I wasn't nearly as impressed as I thought I'd be. It had great body and mouthfeel, and a fine nose, but its fruit was muddled. Perhaps its just gone into a phase, though usually I think these super-young cabs drink pretty well.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Had a few bottles of 2007 Caymus Special Selection this past weekend. I wasn't nearly as impressed as I thought I'd be. It had great body and mouthfeel, and a fine nose, but its fruit was muddled. Perhaps its just gone into a phase, though usually I think these super-young cabs drink pretty well.

    You committed vinfanticide, my friend. That's way, way too young to dring a Caymus SS. I have an 03 that I talked myself out of opening, within the last two weeks, just for this reason.
     
  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Had a few bottles of 2007 Caymus Special Selection this past weekend. I wasn't nearly as impressed as I thought I'd be. It had great body and mouthfeel, and a fine nose, but its fruit was muddled. Perhaps its just gone into a phase, though usually I think these super-young cabs drink pretty well.

    I shall avenge that wine. [​IMG]

    2007 cabs from top Napa producers like Caymus are going to need serious time. Like, 10 years minimum.
     
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    What are ppl's thoughts on this one:

    2004 Laurel Glen, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain, California

    We have a few bottles at JG and with my discount I could afford a bottle or two.
     
  6. gomestar

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    I shall avenge that wine. [​IMG]

    2007 cabs from top Napa producers like Caymus are going to need serious time. Like, 10 years minimum.


    I've heard great things about the 2007 vintage, I can't possibly imagine the big ones being anythign close to ready.
     
  7. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    What are ppl's thoughts on this one:

    2004 Laurel Glen, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain, California

    We have a few bottles at JG and with my discount I could afford a bottle or two.


    Great year for CA cab. Though you have to understand that California does not have many bad or even mediocre vintages. They are pretty much all good. A few stand out as above average (with average being quite good). 2004 would be one of those. 2001 and 2007 would be well above average.

    Anyway, great year, decent producer, an early maturing wine (as Sonoma cabs tend to be) and so likely drinkable now. I have not had it. Price matters. I love it at $30, like it at $40 and begin to lose interest at $50.
     
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    Great year for CA cab. Though you have to understand that California does not have many bad or even mediocre vintages. They are pretty much all good. A few stand out as above average (with average being quite good). 2004 would be one of those. 2001 and 2007 would be well above average.

    Anyway, great year, decent producer, an early maturing wine (as Sonoma cabs tend to be) and so likely drinkable now. I have not had it. Price matters. I love it at $30, like it at $40 and begin to lose interest at $50.


    Cool! Thanks for the info. I think our instore price is something like $46 and our online price is something like $37 but my discount with put it closer to the $20/$25 range.
     
  9. retronotmetro

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    Anyone have thoughts on the 2005 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet? It's coming to my local store this week, trying to figure out whether to grab some.
     
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    boy do I miss the days of 20% off. Sounds like it's worth trying for that price.
     
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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Silveroak = [​IMG]

    Every time I've had it (tasted 3 different vintages, but only tasting portions) the wine was good, but punched far, FAR below it's weight in terms of price. Typical of a lot of CA Cabs.
     
  12. gomestar

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    Every time I've had it (tasted 3 different vintages, but only tasting portions) the wine was good, but punched far, FAR below it's weight in terms of price. Typical of a lot of CA Cabs.

    I have heard this from a few other individuals as well, but please remember that it's your own palate.
     
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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I have heard this from a few other individuals as well, but please remember that it's your own palate.

    Well if someone asks for thoughts on a wine, I can't really answer for THEIR palate.
     
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    what I mean is Silver Oak is still incredibly popular and well loved by many many individuals. And I didn't mean your palate specifically, rather retro's so our thoughts can be null and void for all intensive purposes.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Silver Oak is a crowd pleasing cab, made in a softer style that its geared toward broading its appeal, much like (say) Jordan. I like it a lot, actually. It will never achieve the heights of a great Napa cab; it just does not have the structure or the tannins. It ages reasonably well for what it is, but 20 years is ancient for one of their wines.

    I don't find the price out of whack for what you get, but I have not bought any in a long time.

    I will say this: they have two principal bottlings, the Napa Valley and the Alexander Valley. The Napa is always 20% or so more expensive and I have never liked it as much. The SO people apparently think of it is their "flagship" but I think the AV is superior. I have never bought the Napa, but I have tasted it at the winery many times and had a few in restaurants (other people ordered it). Every time I have had a chance to compare both bottlings from the same vintage, I have liked the AV more.

    SO is a good wine for people without the patience or the space to age fine CA cabs. It drinks remarkably well when young.
     

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