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Snooth User: MJET

When should I drink this 2013 Cab? Today, Week, Months?

Posted by MJET, Nov 14, 2015.

The box was beat-up pretty good by UP_ _ _ _ and one bottle leaked. The bottle is being replaced by the winery. When should I attempt to drink this bottle? 

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Reply by dvogler, Nov 14, 2015.

Tonight :)

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Reply by outthere, Nov 14, 2015.

^ What he said ^

No sense sitting on it too long if you have a replacement coming. Besides, it gives you some insight as to when to start breaking into the others. Big question is what caused the leaker. Was it temperature swings? All the more reason to check on it. If it is heat damaged the others likely could be as well. Or not. '13 is a rocking vintage. It'll be fun to get a sneak peek.

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Reply by MJET, Nov 14, 2015.

I have a sweet sixteen party late this afternoon so maybe tomorrow if not next weekend for sure.

The styrofoam was pretty beat-up so I did not even think about temperture. I removed the foil on the other two bottles and they seemed fine. (styrofoam seemed thinner than other recent orders so I provided that feedback to Mattie at the winery.)

OT-this is a Scarlett Cab Sav 2013 so I'm really looking forward to these. 

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 14, 2015.

Leakage can come both from heat spikes and from depressurization. Was it air freighted?

Let the problem bottle stand for a day or two and drink it, as all have already said. Store the good bottles and the replacement for awhile.

What is the wine?

 

Later edit:

Interestingly, MJ, your last post (supposedly 12 hours before mine) just appeared on my screen after I posted. Snooth server ghost?

Don't know the Scarlett. What can you tell us about it?

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Reply by dvogler, Nov 15, 2015.

MJET,

Why not just get the girls involved in checking this bottle out?  ;)

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 15, 2015.

From the pix, this leakage looks brand new. I would think it is low risk.

But obviously, it is a risk- perhaps storage or other fault;  and I, personally, would want to taste the bottle  and not wait.  That is ok if the bottles are immediately repaceable, but it sucks big time to have to open something you hoped to age to see if it survived (if not replaceable).  Perhaps ask for additional discount or refund from the vendor due to this fact.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 15, 2015.

DM, Scarlett is a Cab from McGah Family Vineyards made by our very own Mike Smith. Can't tell you how many barrel samples of that I've ad over the vintage during barrel topping. Enjoy MJet

On a side note I tasted a number of.Mikes '15 Cabs from barrel yesterday. Becklyn Missouri Hopper, Kennefick Ranch, BGIII and Dr. Crane Elysian. Great fruit intensity so far. Still have not gone through ML so it's about the fruit and not the nose at this point. Sneak peek is promising.

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Reply by MJET, Nov 15, 2015.

Thanks for the additional insight on Mike's 15's. We had a crazy weekend therefore the bottle will have to wait a little longer.

DV-I like your thinking........

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 16, 2015.

By 16, I was doing the ordering of the wine when we ate out.  Pretentious little git that I was.  But really, last night it was just me and my teen ager home eating burgers.  Out came a bottle.  I want her to know about wine, and not to go off to college and go overboard because drinking will make her seem more adult.  She knows restaurateurs and wine makers, she's around the stuff all the time... she's not going to get excited because some jackass offers her some Apothic Red.  Serving it to other people's kids is a different story, of course.

So drink that damaged bottle.  Let's hear about it.

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 16, 2015.

Fox, my daughters were first around, then later drinking, wine at home at an even earlier age, though obviously in limited quantities. They both know more about wine than their peers, for what that's worth, nor did they get into binge drinking at college.

Interestingly, they eventually appeared so at home in the environment that in their mid teens they were regularly being served at table by somms and waiters, of course in Europe and Asia, but even most anywhere in North America. Not bars, not beerhalls and taverns, but at restaurants and cafes and bistros all around. Wine with food in good company, part of a cultured dynamic, a healthy part of life at home or on the road.

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Reply by JonDerry, Nov 17, 2015.

Absolutely agree, hoping for the same with our younger children.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 17, 2015.

Won't name the restaurant in SF but my daughters have developed a pretty good appreciation for the selection of Rieslings there.  When I was 13 or so, restos in San Francisco served me and my sister who is two years older without a problem.  As kids, we had our own very small "wine" glasses--they were really cordial glasses--that we used on Sundays.  On Fridays and Saturdays, we drank beer from very small mugs.  At fifteen, I mocked the kids at a table next to ours at Giambelli on 50th, at the time the top N. Italian restaurant in NYC, for drinking Coke with the food instead of wine.  (Not to their faces...) Our waiter not only served us wine, but when they ordered zabaglione and he heard my mother describing how it was made (she made it at home), he brought a serving to our table gratis. Last night my older daughter tasted my Amarone and said she was surprised at its apparent sweetness, since I like drier wines.  She also very accurately described a wine the other night as giving an initial fruity impression then evolving on the palate to a more acidic profile.  Bravo. 

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Reply by EMark, Nov 17, 2015.

Just to show that I can be as much a smartass as anybody around here, I think you meant "Brava," Fox.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 17, 2015.

Gender-normative much, Emark?

 

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Reply by EMark, Nov 17, 2015.

Uh, based on a few minutes of internet searching, I'm gonna say, "No."

And, yes, I have been chastised for cheering a female performer by shouting "Bravo" instead of "Brava."   I've been waiting for years to do it to somebody else.

;-)


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