Tahoma 4.0 was an annual gathering of friends started by tpewinedrinker in 2014 whom he met primarily through the Wine Spectator forums.  In its fourth year, the group decided to change the venue to Sonoma County in a beautiful home albeit one with no A/C. 

The usual forumites were in – TPEwinedrinker, DoubleD, sarbuze, thirsty man, vinolocity, EB56, TDub, Gigabit, Shane T, patespo, pauljr1121, winedrmike, xhoser, AMac, SD-Wineaux, bomba, Ben H, Anthony, Bill, Form49B, danyull, and g-man.  2018 was made special by the attendance of jorgerunfast and jburman with guest appearances from the winemakers of Macdonald, Blankiet, and Ovid.

As in every year, the wines were always secondary to the camaraderie, storytelling, and ball-busting shared by all.    

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Thursday, Day 1 – Seafood Night

Alaskan crab legs, lobster tails poached in butter, tuna belly, grilled opa, grilled corn, new potatoes. 

Jacques Selosse V.O. Extra Brut NV

2017 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Rose

2015 Domaine Didier Dagueneau*

2014 Domaine Dauvissat-Camus Chamblis Grand Cru Les Clos

2016 Domaine Dauvissat-Camus Chamblis Grand Cru Les Clos

2012 Aubert Lauren Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

1983 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc

2002 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne 3L

1934 Vieux Chais Maconnais Clos de la Roche Grand Vin de Bourgogne

1976 Hospices de Nuit Nuits-Saint George Les Maladieres Cuvee Grangier

1992 Dunn Vineyards Petit Sirah

2007 Fuligni Brunello Riserva

2010 Cayuse God Only Knows Mouvedre

2012 Pax Syrah Griffin’s Lair

2014 Ornellaia*

1977 Graham’s Vintage Port

2004 Schrader Old Sparky (Magnum)

2001 Rayas Pignan Chateauneuf-du-Pape

1997 Guigal La Turque

2013 Testamatta Toscana

 

Friday, Day 2

Breakfast scramble with leftover potatoes and bacon.  In N Out burgers for lunch.  Summer black truffle risotto, slow-roasted pork belly and grilled bavette.  During the day,  the group visited Martinelli and Bedrock Wine Co.

2005 Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose

2004 Pol Roger Blanc de Blanc

2008 Amour de Deutz Brut

2017 Dehlinger Pinot Noir

2001 Domaine Louis Remy Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru

2014 Andremily Grenache

2010 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Goldert Muscat Alsace

2011 Merry Edwards Chardonnay Olivet Lane Magnum

1978 Petrus

1978 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace

1978 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard

1976 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard

1978 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon California*

1963 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast

1966 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon

1974 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve

1996 Robert Mondavi To Kalon I Block Fume Blanc

2007 The Mainden

1995 Beaulieu GDL Private Reserve

2007 Araujo Eisele Vineyard

1991 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Ovid Syrah Napa Valley

2011 Macdonald

2015 Macdonald

1993 Penfolds Grange

1987 Beaulieu Vineyard

2007 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2007 Materium

2015 Blankiet Estate Rive Droite Napa Valley

2014 Opus One

Saturday, Day 3

NJ-California fusion of street tacos of Taylor ham and eggs, potato-basil frittata, and smoked salmon for breakfast.  Opa fish tacos for lunch.  Traditional lamb dinner, courtesy of sarbuze and thirsty man.  Please post pictures to give them the proper recognition for their ability to improvise a cooking method.

2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare Blanc de Blanc

2004 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blance

2013 Chapoutier Les Granit Blanc

2007 Spotteswoode Magnum

1978 Duckhorn Merlot*

1989 Ducru

1978 Montrose

1978 Ceretto Barbaresco Bricco Asili

1978 Remoissenet Chambolle-Musigny

2007 Joseph Drouhi Clos des Mouches

1986 Gruarud Larose Magnum

2003 Juge Cornas Magnum

1990 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle Hermitage

1998 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle Hermitage

1978 Leoville Las Cases

1997 Altesino Montosoli Brunello Magnum

1983 Beaucastel

2003 La Conseillante Magnum

2007 Drinkward Pechon Magnum

2007 Domaine Sant Prefer Charles Giraud

1994 Guigal La Landonne

1996 Guigal La Mouline

1996 Guigal La Turque

I can’t believe DOubleD posted this lineup 16 hours ago and not a single comment- just crickets. I guess the forum really is dead  

Ok- I’ll start it off.   Incredible lineup of newer and much older wines. Really hard to pick a favorite. 

Standouts for me included:

2004 Schraeder old sparky mag

2007 Araujo Eisele

1992 Beringer private reserve mag

1978 Montrose 

1978 duckhorn merlot 3 palms

1978 DC RRT- I liked it more than the Gravelly but I’m in the minority here

1990 jaboulet La Chapelle 

1934 Clos de la Roche- really enjoyable and unexpected from an 84 year old wine

2011 MacDonald- could be the wine of the vintage

we all disagreed on our favorites but were in unanimous agreement on one thing- this new WS format blows

winedrmike posted:

I can’t believe DOubleD posted this lineup 16 hours ago and not a single comment- just crickets. I guess the forum really is dead  

We're just unsure how to react to a list of wines that should be in "what are you drinking" rather than "Tasting Notes". 

The asterisk after the wine means that it was a single bottle.  

My Top 10 FWIW included the ‘04 Schrader Sparky, ‘03 Juge, ‘90 Jaboulet, ‘02 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne, '11 Macdonald, ‘96 Mouline, ‘93 Grange, ‘91 Togni.  

Some of the wines that were opened late Thurs night suffered from palate fatigue and/or warm serving temps.

billhike posted:
winedrmike posted:

I can’t believe DOubleD posted this lineup 16 hours ago and not a single comment- just crickets. I guess the forum really is dead  

We're just unsure how to react to a list of wines that should be in "what are you drinking" rather than "Tasting Notes". 

Just trying to give the Tasting Notes section a little love.

DD, thanks again for taking notes.  The Andremily was actually the Mouvedre, not Grenache.  Also, you missed my favorite wine of the weekend, which was the '78 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow, right before the RRT.

Some of us gathered Wednesday as well, and two of the wine we had that make my Top 10 of the weekend were the '94 Chateau Rayas Fonsalette and '02 Masseto.

Top 10:

'78 DC Gravelly Meadow was my top

'78 DC Red Rock Terrace

'03 Marcel Juge Cornas

'94 Chateau Rayas Fonsalette

'02 Masseto

'92 Dunn Petite Sirah

2011 MacDonald

'93 Grange

'96 Mondavi I Block Fume Blanc

Selosse VO Extra Brut

The LaLa flight on the last night while playing poker was hedonistic and amazing. 

As always, the friendships, comradery, ball busting, all outweighed the wines. 

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