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#95517 - 07/03/05 11:06 AM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting) *****
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25C in Farenheit would be 77F.
No where near 113.

You can find a good metric-imperial calculator here for bookmarking. I've used it for years.

If you are thinking of retrying a port, i suggest a nice tawny or ruby Fonseca to start. The 10 year is a minimum for me. Anything younger is often harsh.
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#95518 - 07/04/05 12:04 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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Loc: San Carlos, IL
Wife's 30th Birthday party last night - had House of Nobilo Sav. Blanc for the white. Crisp, refreshing, citrus and tropical fruit notes. Nice bottle for $8.99. Great to sip on the roof deck all night long. Maybe that's why my head hurts so badly today....
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#95519 - 07/31/05 01:09 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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I tried my first ‘good’ Pinot last night. I think I might just be hooked now. It had all the flavor of a robust Cab, but lighter on the tongue. I don’t really know how to describe it, but it just seamed to be a dam tasty, and very complex wine (lots of subtle flavors that didn’t just slap the taste buds like a Cab, but I could tell they were there). The last time I tried a Pinot, I thought it was horrible and I haven’t tried one since then. I was expecting the same, but was pleasantly surprised.

Oh, it was a 2001 Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir from Waipara Canterburry, New Zealand. A friend of mine brought it over who spends a couple months every year there visiting family.

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#95520 - 07/31/05 02:36 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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I haven't had much Pinot recently. The last one I tried tasted of bacon and smoke! Prices are pretty high, too. The Wine Spectator seems to really like a lot of the Oregon pinots. Again, $$$$$.

FWIW, a few pages back I mentioned that the Frei Bros chardonnay was a buttery/oaky style. Not the current Russian River vintage in the supers. They pulled a fast one on me - clearancing the old bottles (beautiful stuff) and bringing in massive quantities of the new stuff (decent, but unremarkable). Sorry.

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#95521 - 12/04/05 02:42 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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Had a bottle the other day that was sooooooo good, I thought I'd share. Plus, it's time to drink it. It was a 95' William Hill Cab reserve. I can't even begin to describe it with any justice. Very smooth with not even a hint of tannins. Medium to heavy body, starting to turn slightly brown, perfect..... If you have this in your seller, better drink it this year. I think its time is here.
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#95522 - 12/04/05 03:45 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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My recent tasting fav, 2002 Peter Lehmann Barossa Valley CabSav.
It was a Keg evening, but a pretty good bottle. Will try again once the cellar is complete.
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#95523 - 12/04/05 04:06 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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Loc: Madisonville, KY
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Oregon pinots. Again, $$$$$.




Chistom Vinyards Pinot Noirs. Excellent!

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#95524 - 12/04/05 04:49 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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Registered: 10/31/05
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I kinda feel that wine tasting is like auditioning speakers. People have different opinions of what is good, it's all subjective. Also the higher priced wines are not always the best.

Anyways, I have always like Shiraz from Australia. They are a good value. My favorite label so far is Yalumba. Full body, smooth, goes well with pasta!

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#95525 - 12/04/05 06:59 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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Awesome! I probably would have been put off by a brownish tinge in my wine - certainly in whites.

As part of my weight-loss plan I switched from beer to wine. I also joined wine clubs at 3 Temecula wineries this year.

This small winery is awesome:

http://www.thehartfamilywinery.com/wines.html

their big zin (16.2%) is monstrously good (scroll down to bottom of page):

http://www.criticschallenge.com/2005_F-J.html

I'll also personally vouch for their viognier, the Stonelake merlot, and the cab franc. If you buy 'em and don't like 'em, craigsub will give you a full refund.

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#95526 - 12/04/05 11:11 PM Re: wine thread (the blind tasting)
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