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#95697 - 12/30/06 02:57 PM Re: wine thread ***** [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 05/13/02
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Loc: western canada
Malbecs seem to be the latest craze following the pinot noir. I've been seeing alot more interest, articles and bottles around the past half year.
Mind you, the Wine Spectator just did some articles highlighting the Argentinian malbecs last month. The advertising helps.

I wonder when merlots will come back into style, maybe following Sideways II...
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#95698 - 12/30/06 03:02 PM Re: wine thread [Re: michael_d]
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Speaking of wines, the annual tasting event is coming up tomorrow for New Year's. Do not know how many bottles are on the table yet but i've picked up a Lindemans 1997 Pyrus for the occasion.
http://www.lindemans.com.au/gifs/our_wines/pdf/Coon_pyrus97.PDF
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#95699 - 12/30/06 09:30 PM Re: wine thread [Re: chesseroo]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
Chess, I'll look forward to your notes!

We, too, enjoyed an Argentine Malbec recently - I think it was a Norton (not sure of the vintage). Very tasty. Would buy it again.
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#95700 - 12/31/06 12:59 AM Re: wine thread [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 12/29/05
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Loc: Central,California
Some of our friends convinced us to have a small combined News Years and birthday party for my little one who turns 3 tomorrow, so I'm providing the wine while they bring the food.
Before it turns into just drinking we plan on doing a small blind Cab shootout, a 2003 Cakebread, 2003 Siverado and a 2002 Silver Oak, my wife is getting pretty good at distinguishing the subtleties of different wines, I'm still at the "that's a pretty darn good wine" stage.
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#95701 - 12/31/06 01:15 AM Re: wine thread [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 05/13/02
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Loc: western canada
The Bodega Norton does indeed make a very good malbec from what i hear. I cannot seem to get one locally though i continue to ask around.

Our plans have changed somewhat. We just got dumped on with snow tonight and so our idea of opening the Lindemans Pyrus out at a friend's cottage in the afternoon has been nixed. The drive is too dicey to bother. So now we are spending tomorrow aft around the house instead, no wine tasting this New Years' but we will be opening one of my favorite chardonnays mentioned much earlier, the Peller Estate Andrew Peller Signature Series Sur Lie 2002.


Homedad, i look forward to your thoughts on the cab blind tasting. I can get some Cakebreads here but i cannot say about the other two. Their names sound familiar. If only these damn liquor laws would allow for cross border shopping.

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#95702 - 01/24/07 09:33 PM Re: wine thread [Re: chesseroo]
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Registered: 12/29/05
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The Cab blind tasting went great, as with any blind tasting everyone seemed to have a different favorite, for me the Cakebread got top honors, it tasted very similar to the Silver Oak, both were full rich cabs but Imho the Cakebread was a tad smoother,the Silverado which was rated a 95 by wine spectator came in 3rd for me, it was an exceptional wine and stood out from the other wines with it's unique cherry and oak taste but the fact that it was so different had half the group loving it and the other half not so crazy about it. My 4th choice was the Robert Hall, while good it was a little fruity for my taste.
On another note, Sunday we had a great Washington Cab called Genesis from Houge Cellars that was sent to us from some friends in Seattle.
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#95703 - 01/24/07 09:48 PM Re: wine thread [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 08/12/03
Posts: 639
Loc: Omaha, NE
I just went tasting at Silverado (among others) this past Sunday, and wasn't particularly impressed with any of their "Estate" offerings, though I didn't taste their reserve list (which included several wines close to or above $100/bottle). I did taste a very nice cab from Rutherford Hill, though (they also had a really tasty zin port, too - had to get a bottle of that).

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#95704 - 01/25/07 08:37 PM Re: wine thread (port tasting) [Re: AdamP88]
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4800
Loc: western canada
My wife bought me two tickets for Christmas for a port tasting at a local, private wine store for this saturday. The scoop is they have two bottles of a rare port, one of which is spoken for and the other may be opened at the tasting.
I have another friend with a ticket so 3 of us will be attending.
Two hours of tastings and talking about the Grandeur of Port.

Very very excited.
I will be taking many notes.
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#95705 - 01/26/07 03:15 AM Re: wine thread (port tasting) [Re: chesseroo]
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Registered: 12/29/05
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Loc: Central,California
I've never been to a port tasting, sounds like it will be fun. I really enjoy port, we have several bottles of true port and some late Harvest Zins that many of the wineries out here refer to as port, but I'm sorely lacking in knowledge as to what makes a port great.
Looking forward to your tasting notes, perhaps I can learn something.
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#95706 - 01/26/07 09:48 AM Re: wine thread (port tasting) [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3885
Loc: Up yonder
The Silverado seams to have lost their way over the last few years. I'm very disappointed as the 99 was absolutely wonderful. I've still got a few of them and there's no comparison between them and the last few vintages. The 99 was wine spectator's #20 and that made them quite popular. They've gone downhill ever since. Same thing happened with Silver Oak. Their 93 was the last vintage I really like. They still make a great bottle, but definitely not a great $80 bottle. I'd rather pick up a Provenance, Stag's Leap or Cakebread than Silver Oak.
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