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No luck at the Co-op, but I'm gonna check the Fred Meyer for it.



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Anyone ever had any Carmenere?

I picked up a bottle of this stuff in my neck of the woods. Not [sign in to see URL] for the price

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Big fan of Concha Y Toro. You can ride their Cabs right up the ladder depending on how much you want to spend. The Don Melchor is splendid.

I've been drinking a lot of bargain cabs with the 5 cent sale of late:

07 Cab

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07 Lake County Cab

at $8 a bottle are both great bargains. Nothing fantastic, but good, cheap cellar savers.

Firing up the BBQ a lot more lately, and was very pleased with the latest release of

]Neal Family 2008 Zin

another solid effort.

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Billabong, speaking of the nickle [sign in to see URL] you are drinking some Chalone, try the Lockwood Chard. Monterey Co. and you get two bottles for $12. Great wine!
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I had the opportunity to hit a few wineries over in Napa yesterday, and it was interesting to hear the latest on the 2010 crop. I don't know if you are getting the same vibe clash, but I sensed a bit of anxiety from some of folks I spoke with about the exceptionally cool summer there. It sounded like most of the fruit was at least a couple of weeks behind, and that it was likely to be a very late harvest this year. It sounded like the higher elevations were feeling this even more, and that prayers and offerings to the rain gods to hold off their visits until after October were being given on a daily basis. I hit some of the old favorites like Neal up on Howell Mountain, and Sequoia Grove down in the valley, but also visited Clos Pegase for the first time, and Salvestrin. For the art and wine lovers, the grounds at Clos Pegase are quite interesting with a lot of artwork scattered across the grounds. I also enjoyed their "Pegaso" and Pinot. I was hoping to taste some 2007 Cabs, but most of the places I went said it still needed some more bottle time, and probably wouldn't be released for another 4 to 6 months.

Thanks belatedly for the other tips 77, but I'd be interested in knowing what you are hearing about the current crop still out on the vines.

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Found the Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris! (2008)

Just opened the bottle a few minutes ago. So far, no good. Very tight, lacks depth (even for a light Gris). Most of the 2008 PGs I've had have been really interesting. There is a certain Rieslingness to them. I hint of honey on the nose and a nice bright finish. But this one, so far, is lacking that.

It may improve as it warms, a la a good Chard, but I'm not holding on to much hope thus far...

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Found the Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris! (2008)

Just opened the bottle a few minutes ago. So far, no good. Very tight, lacks depth (even for a light Gris). Most of the 2008 PGs I've had have been really interesting. There is a certain Rieslingness to them. I hint of honey on the nose and a nice bright finish. But this one, so far, is lacking that.

It may improve as it warms, a la a good Chard, but I'm not holding on to much hope thus far...





Bummer! Well I guess I will stear clear of their Pinot Gris then. Thanks for the heads up Chef!

Edit: Chef, did it loosen up or was it still tight after a little time. Curious

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I had the opportunity to hit a few wineries over in Napa yesterday, and it was interesting to hear the latest on the 2010 crop. I don't know if you are getting the same vibe clash, but I sensed a bit of anxiety from some of folks I spoke with about the exceptionally cool summer there. It sounded like most of the fruit was at least a couple of weeks behind, and that it was likely to be a very late harvest this year. It sounded like the higher elevations were feeling this even more, and that prayers and offerings to the rain gods to hold off their visits until after October were being given on a daily basis. I hit some of the old favorites like Neal up on Howell Mountain, and Sequoia Grove down in the valley, but also visited Clos Pegase for the first time, and Salvestrin. For the art and wine lovers, the grounds at Clos Pegase are quite interesting with a lot of artwork scattered across the grounds. I also enjoyed their "Pegaso" and Pinot. I was hoping to taste some 2007 Cabs, but most of the places I went said it still needed some more bottle time, and probably wouldn't be released for another 4 to 6 months.

Thanks belatedly for the other tips 77, but I'd be interested in knowing what you are hearing about the current crop still out on the vines.




I have heard some rumblings, and I have heard some "it better get warm quick" talk too. I have heard that this could be a good thing for Pinots and Chards this year though. The Wineries don't need a bad year due to sales being down and many wineries are quite strapped at the moment. I am heading up to Sonoma either this weekend or next to hang out with some "friends" in the biz. I will have some conversations and report back. Though the folks I know make Syrah and Chards, they have been (his family) in the trade since CA became a wine destination, so I trust their opinion



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Found the Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris! (2008)

Just opened the bottle a few minutes ago. So far, no good. Very tight, lacks depth (even for a light Gris). Most of the 2008 PGs I've had have been really interesting. There is a certain Rieslingness to them. I hint of honey on the nose and a nice bright finish. But this one, so far, is lacking that.

It may improve as it warms, a la a good Chard, but I'm not holding on to much hope thus far...





Bummer! Well I guess I will stear clear of their Pinot Gris then. Thanks for the heads up Chef!

Edit: Chef, did it loosen up or was it still tight after a little time. Curious



Still pretty tight. I was really disappointed. It had way too much "booze" on the finish for a light PG, IMO.

It's looking like a good summer in OR this year, though. It's been consistently warm since summer finally broke through, and it's looking to stay that pretty late this year. But we haven't had any death-inducing heat spells of 100+ that can bum out the Pinot grapes.

I'll be interested in seeing what WA reds look like. They've been having some weird weather between Okanogan and Spokane. Summer rain and stuff. Could be a pretty shitty (but cheap) year for the CMS blends.

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I've had their Evolution White a few times and was quite taken with it. Real nice white tabel wine. I love Pinot Gris so it is a bummer hearing that theirs was not too impressive. Oh well. I have a feeling this year will be a real good Pinot year though. And that is ok by me!!!!!!!!!!!
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Here is a big tip that might raise some eyebrows.

BLACK BOX WINE.

Yes, it is a box. The box is 3 liters which is a total of 4 bottles. The wine is appelated too! For instance, the chardonay is Monterey Co., the cab is Napa Co., the Merlot is Sonoma Co., the riesling is Columbia Valley, the Syrah is Central Coast, etc. You can get this at Luckys, Safeway and Bev Mo on sale for $19. Is it worth it????? Ohhhhh yes. You see, wine is a fixture at our table at dinner and I enjoy a nice tasting wine. Don't let the box put you off because really it is quite good. Another good selling point is that the wine, once opened, will keep for 3-4 weeks. Nice!
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