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Snooth User: zufrieden

What's your Choice of Wine Tonight and Why?

Original post by zufrieden, Nov 13, 2018.

This Topic is partially intended to start a new thread on daily wine drinking as the earlier topics are just too long and too general.  How about telling us more about your choices and helping me start a new thread for the next generation, so to speak?  The "why" is the interesting part for some of us - but pictures are always welcome; after all, a picture is worth...

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Reply by rckr1951, Nov 22, 2018.

Been looking at and think I'm - think being the optimum word - I'm going to pull the trigger over the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you Jack - it's been a pleasure to get to know you a little over the past months.

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Reply by EMark, Nov 28, 2018.

Why?  Because we are having Tri-tip, tonight, and I really like CS with red meat.

Old Snoother Outthere turned me on to this winery, and, no surprise, it is outstanding.  I am loving everything about this wine--subtle black fruit,  some unsweetened chocolate, full-bodied, very nice  mouth-feel.  Good tannin/acid.  I may try to buy more.

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 28, 2018.

I am not familiar with this winery, but that means little... there are many good wineries in Napa - so many, in fact, that one could scarcely get to know them all..  I am supposing that someone liked the poem Mending Wall by Robert Frost, hence the name.  This poem, from his 1914 collection North of Boston, is said to be the most anthologized poem in English - other than (possibly) some of those produced by the Bard himself.

California produces very rich, succulent Cab when conditions and craftsmanship is in sync.

Z.

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Reply by rckr1951, Nov 30, 2018.

Been on a good run for the 5 yrs or so Z.

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 30, 2018.

Well, if that run is either Mending Wall or California Cab in general, you probably can't go wrong.  My drinking of US wines has declined with the exchange rate... there are better deals for me here from the EU or Oz.  But that does not mean I don't want to drink Cali wines.  Nothing could be further from the truth, and when I am down your way, I drink as much good juice as I can find.

There is certainly nothing political about it.

Cheers!

 

Z.

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 1, 2018.

Time to recalibrate the palate. I've been drinking lighter wines lately, it was time to get back home.

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 1, 2018.

Nice choice - welcome back.home.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 1, 2018.

Always love Seghesio for "premium" Zin.  There is a certain creamy richness to their higher end wines from this grape, though I have not had one in a few years (hard to believe, actually).  Certainly not a light red!

Z.

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 2, 2018.

After a huge night of excellent wine my last guest to leave was waiting for her husband when she got a phone call.  It was snowing and blowing like hell outside and it was worse where he was and wasn't going to be able to get home...she was stuck and spent the night.

After surgery my wife enjoyed the surprise company and later I cooked some steaks and we had this:

A wonderful 2014 Chateau Orme des Pez Saint Estephe. Almost equal parts cabby and merlot with cab franc and petite verdot thrown in for good measure there was plenty of structure and strength with blackberry, with savory tones and chewy tannins and good acidity this was perfect for the steaks. Good wine for the day after.

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 4, 2018.

I think you went back home too. The 2014s are ready in your book?

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 4, 2018.

Some are - this was.  Having a slight problem with the weight of the vintage vs. ageability if it.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 5, 2018.

I still have an '08 Ormes de Pez (orme means "elm" en francais BTW, and "Pez" is likely of Spanish origin and is simply a place name).  Not to digress too, too much: this is a good St-Estephe estate with structure in most years, with excellent grip and elegance and... even good Cabernet fruit.  The 2014 should be fine now, but should last many more years.  I think I have a '10 as well... must check... and, more to the point, may drink soon - especially the '08 which is a similar vintage to '14

I would consider 2014 a decent, though not great, vintage.  If you like the traditional flavour profile of good Bordeaux from the better communes (like this one, for example), I am not surprised you loved it.

M./Z.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 10, 2018.

Why?  We're having beef for dinner, tonight.  I really like CS with beef.

Another awesome '13 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

A bit more fruit forward than the Mending Wall reported above--blueberry and miscellaneous dried dark fruit.  Observable dustiness, mid palate.  Fairly controlled tannin.  I do not feel bad, for even one millisecond, about opening this one, but I look forward to enjoying the remaining one in my inventory in future years.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 11, 2018.

Ah, that luscious Cali fruit.  Hard to beat, ain't it? - I mean, with the "good stuff" you guys are downing, of course.

 

Z.

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 12, 2018.

Having this tonight in a virtual wine tasting of Spain - 

The 2015 Cellar Cal Pla "Black Slate Porrera", I purchased 2 bottles based on Randy's recommendation. 50% Garnacha, 40% Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon.

1st pour - Bark cherries, some wood,drfinate earthy notes, anise,solid structure with medium framing tannins with matching acidity. The nose is also floral with violets

2nd swallow - there some baking spice and and there is a nice tingling to the nose as you inhale over the top of the wine and exhale thru the nose.

Happy that Randy recommended and will buy more.

 

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 13, 2018.

Me too if I can find it.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 14, 2018.

So much good wine... so little time.  Our Spanish tasting elsewhere (away from here) revitalized my interest in these wines.  A couple of friends of mine from Spain (we were students in England) would, from time to time, bring a nice wine (this was about 1985 - when I went back to school for a spell).  I recall one of my French buddies not liking the wine at all... he shared a taste bud or two with my wife, I suppose.  However, I am open to flavours of almost all kinds.  In fact, Greek wines are worth a virtual tasting as well - and I might even agree to going into the nearby countries of Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Turkey (yes, Turkey does make decent wines - if you look and can find a Turkish friend to help you).

Anyway, I will look for this wine as well.  Thanks for the tip @RF.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 14, 2018.

I'm having a low-dollar ($12) 2011 Rioja Riserva tonight.  You just cannot beat the QPR.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 14, 2018.

Indeed so!  In fact, I tried a wine from the Luberon (mostly for parties and gifts, I thought, but read on) that was truly excellent for the price (see the review on this site).  The same holds true for many Rioja Crianza since you get a 5 year old wine for about 10-15 dollars US.  Why pay more?

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Reply by EMark, Dec 16, 2018.

Five days before the winter solstice, and it's still pretty warm here in SoCal.  This is a good one to have lots of on hand for backyard sipping.

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