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The Official Wine Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by audiophilia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Lulz
     
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    I wish! He owns a dwelling in some nearby mountains. Last fall he invited us up and I told him he can no longer call it his cabin but rather needs to use air quotes for "cabin." He laughed and asked me why so I told him 10k sq feet and five master suite type bedrooms is a "cabin" and not a cabin.
     
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    ^ that is more like a lodge.
     
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    IMO this is too long. If a wine is old, I only decant for sediment and not for aeration because I enjoy the way a wine changes over the course of 2-3 hours.

    This was especially true with the 2000 La Tache that Manton and i had. Such a tremendous wine, and each sniff and sip was different.
     
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    Yeah, we had a 76 Chinon last fall and we decanted strictly for sediment using a decanter that's sort of "fat" in the reservoir part which gives minimal surface contact. Good thing, as a wine that when opened was wonderfully fruity and balanced, became thin and all acid by the time we finished. Luckily it was three of us so only about 1/5th of the bottle was left when it suddenly just died.
     
  6. Cary Grant

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    Exactly my approach. I've seldom had an older wine I would want opening aka dissipating for hours. Youngin's on the other hand... can help. a bit.
     
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    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a...45.JPG/ps=50/r=0/rx=550/ry=400/?tn=1335772309

    In my search for a daily drinker, I picked up these four at Total Wine and finished them over the holidays. To my surprise and enjoyment, I liked all of them. The Zin at $16.99 is not in my daily budget range, but the others are all around $11 or $12. I recently bought another bottle of each for a final test to see which one will become my daily sipper. These are all superior to any wines I have tried in that price range.

    I can safely recommend them.

    This is my first picture post. Did I do it correctly?

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  8. NathalieMartin

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    Anyone ever had wine from Some Young Punks?
     
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    I wouldn't try any young punk's wine.
     
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    On sale at Fresh Direct this week, worth a stab for $17? I knew someone had mentioned it before. I was thinking of ordering a few, you like it the Pinot?
     
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    def. worth $17. I had some last night as a matter of fact. It's a really nice and well rounded pinot that can be had on the cheap. There may be a better Cali pinot for the price, but I haven't had it.
     
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    $17 is pretty good for the regular pinkish label stuff. They're not overextracted oak bombs but they are a little fruitier and hotter than I like.

    I'm not a fan of the style but I really like the clenenden and Mendelsohn side labels as well. For the price and age I think they're a good deal but haven't seen them outside of california.
     
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    yeah, ABC is a little on the fruity side, but I don't mind it. I see it as a touch of California.

    thankfully, it's not even close to some of the grape juice style pinots that have come out of Cali.
     
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    Speaking of which- Opened a bottle of 2009 Sea Smoke Ten last weekend. Promising at open but turned into a very Cali pinot as it opened up... lots of oak, very jammy. On the whole, well-made, balanced for what it is. Not hot at all for being 15% Not my style though and glad I didn't pay $80+ for it.
     
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    I find the Sea Smoke wines to be the poster children for the super sappy high alcohol style in California.
     
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    I've actually never had Sea Smoke, mostly because I've had a hard time finding it since it's so hyped. I was on the Kosta list for two years, but sold my second year allocation after having tasted my first year allocation.
     
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    Sea Smoke was one of my "uh huh" wines. They were always very fruit forward but I remember being quite entranced as the bottle opened up. This was about ten years ago, and as I told CG, they changed wine makers in 2008 and has been different ever since. I stopped buying them at that point and now chuckle to find the owners have "California's Grand Cru" or something like that on the label. I will forever look back fondly on that bottle we had.
     
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    Tried a bottle of 2008 Travaglini Gattinara (in the super weird shaped bottle) since it seemed like it might be a slightly cheaper alternative to Barbaresco. It tasted like water with some tannins in it. Just no discernible flavor. Did I just buy some crappy wine or did I experience wine in its dumb phase?

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    I've not had this one, so I don't know if it's crappy or in a dumb phase, but Gattinara is predominantly Nebbiolo grown in Northern Piemonte, where it's cooler than Barolo, etc, hence you will typically end up with wines that are lighter than Barolo/Barbaresco, et al. The wines are typically even longer lived than Barolo, I've had some from the fifties and sixties that were remarkable.
     
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    If you want a cheaper barbaresco I would find some langhes by decent producers. A lot of them are declassified barbarescos either cuz the producer wasn't happy with the vintage, or are from younger vines, or are in a less optimal block next to a better block

    I find that oregon pinots (especially Dundee hills and temperance hill) are generally more my style for west coast pinot with the exception of a one or two vintages. Who're some Cali producers of pinot on the more reserved side? I'm looking for less fruity and somewhat more acidic than abc
     
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