Just got back from my annual holiday trip to Napa and I picked up:
4 x 2008 PlumpJack Syrah
4 x 2008 Pride Merlot
2 x 2007 Pride Reserve Cabernet
4 x 2008 Larkmead Cabernet
2 x 2007 Buccella Merlot
1 x 2000 Robert Foley Claret
2 x 2008 Stephen & Walker Zinfandel
2 x 2007 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot
3 x 2008 Whitehall Lane Pinot Carneros
2 x 2008 Whitehall Lane Orange Muscat
2 x 2006 Chimney Rock Elevage
Nothing. Let's see how long it is before I crack.
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Probably the usual stuff. SQN, Scarecrow, Herb Lamb and a few others.
Ryan, it was great to meet you & your family.
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12 x 2009 Dönnhoff estate Riesling.
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Carrie, it was great meeting you and Randy aswell. Hopefully you guys enjoyed the rest of that Groth Reserve Cab we left.
And thanks for those 2 bottles of 07 Buccella Merlot! I was running a bit low on that one
Ryan did you try this at the winery? If so what were your impressions?
My January 1 bottle:
2007 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain
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Yeah, I tried it at the winery. I don't know how many vintages you've experienced of Pride's Reserve Cab, but their 07 is a bit different than past bottlings. The alcohol is still there, but the fruit is rather toned down (especially compared to their 05 and 06 bottlings). It's more leaning towards red fruits than the typical black and blue fruits of the past. Rather approachable young with cedar, dark chocolate, decent acidity and fine tannins...and it's a bit dusty and smokey. I'm curious to see how this one ages because I really can't get a read on it right now.
It's a great bottle of wine, but their 01, 02, 05 and 06 bottlings are superior in my book. It's lacking the overall richness and vanilla bean flavors that I have come to love from their past vintages. Though I already owned 2 bottles of it, and it was good enough for me to buy 2 more now that I've tasted it. But then again, the Pride Reserve Cabernet has been a perennial favorite of mine for years, so my palate may be a bit biased.
And to add a note about their Merlots...they have a very bright future there IMO. The 2008 Merlot is every bit as good as the 07, but with a bit more fruit. And both of their 09 Merlots (the standard bottling and Vintner Select) showed amazing promise in the barrel...I'm really looking forward to these.
That's interesting. After we purchased a mixed case of Pride wines during our visit, I called and asked to purchase more of the '07 Reserve Cabs and was told that they had no more left.
Tried and bought the 2006 at the winery last year. I liked it alot. Odd that the 2007 is so much different. I've had the 2006, 2007 Merlot, but passed on the 2008. Sounds like I shouldn't have??
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I believe 2007 was the first Reserve Cab bottling that their new winemaker (Sally Johnson) had her fingerprints on. No surprise to me that it's quite different than previous vintages...Foley was the previous winemaker, and he has a very particular winemaking style and some big shoes to fill. I'm really looking forward to the 08 Reserve Cab though. I'm just loving the fruit from several of the 08 Napa Cabs I have tasted thus far. I'm already leaning towards the 08 vintage over the sensational 07 in a whole.
I love the 07 Merlot, and I give the 08 a very slight edge. Clearly not a pass in my book, but that's just me.
DoubleD - I don't know, but they always seem to have some laying around. Heck, I was able to get a 6-pack of the 2006 Reserve Cab even after the 07 Reserve had been released. Maybe they just like me more
Dang. That's messed up.
After reading this I called the winery and they sold me a case of 2002 Reserve. JK, I wish.
I hope you like it as much as we did. It's also an interesting visit.
Just one more sip.
Thanks a lot, Ryan! I'll be down there in 10 days and you've basically cleaned the place out!
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The Groth drank great, really enjoyed it later that day. Thanks..
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A lot of interesting stuff lately with this wine. Apparently it overshadowed some big names in big vintages in someones offline recently. You'll have to post a note about how it shows.
Edit: I just noticed the post in the drinking thread.This message has been edited. Last edited by: jqmunro,
At this time I have too much wine, far too much of it isn't even ready to drink and I want to quit buying.
The only things I think I will spring for are 2004 Fuligni Bdm (both normale and riserva) and then maybe continue to work on my Numanthia vertical. Otherwise...I'm good
Of course the occasional Garagiste goody will appear but that's it for now.
"This may be the wine talking but I want some more wine"
Waiting for my Kutch mailer. I'll be buying as much as Jamie will sell me!
I'm with you as well, let's see
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