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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

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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

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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

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. 

Wine of the weekend for me was the '05 P-J Belle Epoque Rose. Honorable mentions lagging behind this incredible wine were:

'97 E. Guigal La Turque
'78 Diamond Creek RRT
'92 Dunn Vineyards Petite Sirah Howell Mountain
'04 Schrader "Old Sparky"
'90 Jaboulet La Chapelle
'03 Juge Cornas
'93 Penfolds Grange
'76 Heitz Martha's Vineyard
'11 MacDonald
'06 d'Yquem

And a special mention for 2 wines that were a treat to taste and would've been at the top of most events:

'34 Des Vieux Chais Maconnais Clos de la Roche
'78 Petrus

Thanks everyone for all the great wines and food!  My top wines (in rough order of drinking only) were 78 Petrus, 78 Gravelly Meadow, 78 Heinz Martha’s, 15 MacDonald, 14 Opus, 78 Remoissenet Chambolle, 78 Montrose, and 73 Guigal Cote Rotie (which buried all the LaLas for my taste).  I’m sure I’m missing some. 

Here is my favorite vine (1888 planting from Bedrock Vineyard?):



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Once again an amazing weekend with incredible wines and an even better group of guys. Each year it gets tougher to hang in with these young hooligans and my strategy of taking small pours has become a survival instinct. We go through the wines so quickly it is often a challenge to pick favorites or write notes with so many great wines but some do seem to stand out in each of our memory banks. These stand out in mine

Night 1

 2012 Aubert Lauren Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (my favorite domestic chard it paired well with the seafood extravaganza)

2002 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne 3L (also paired well with the seafood extravaganza)

1934 Vieux Chais Maconnais Clos de la Roche Grand Vin de Bourgogne (memorable for being alive and well) 

1992 Dunn Vineyards Petit Sirah (such a unique wine. I dont usually care for PS but this drinks beautifully) 

 2004 Schrader Old Sparky (Magnum) a beautiful wine and great expression of To Kalon

Night 2

1978 Petrus - truly memorable and grateful for the opportunity to drink this iconic wine. Thx TPE

1978 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow - the older DC always seem to stand out in a crowd. Would love to add some to the cellar as they like Dunn HM never seem to disappoint

 1963 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast - who knew something my age from Napa could still be alive - Thx PS!

 1996 Robert Mondavi To Kalon I Block Fume Blanc - just a wow wine unknown to most of even the most avid wine drinkers. Never had such a complex white wine from CA let alone anything close to this old. Thx to AM for smuggling it out of the Mondavi cellars

 2007 Araujo Eisele Vineyard - BOOM! Araujo Eisle always seems to be in WOTN conversation every time I have it. 

1991 Philip Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - a mere lad, wish I had this 10 to 20 years in the future. Its built to last

2011 Macdonald - always a treat these have quickly become my favorite Napa Cabs once they get some age on them

2006 D'Yquem - just love the bountiful aromatics this wine always shares with me

 Night 3 

 2003 Juge Cornas Magnum - first time drinking this I get the hype.  

1997 Altesino Montosoli Brunello Magnum - what aged BDM should be. Just hitting its stride with life ahead

1996 Guigal La Mouline - a treat to drink all the La La's side by side the La M stood out for me closely followed by the La T.

Probably not a surprise that the list was shorter on day 3 as pallet fatigue was setting in.

In addition to all the wines above we consumed at least a case at each of the tastings. I dont have a list from the Bedrock tasting but at Martinelli the tasting included

2007 Three Sisters Chardonnay

2014 Three Sisters Chardonnay

2004 Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir

2016 Moonshine ranch Pinot Noir

1999 Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel

2016 Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel

2016 Jackass Hill Zinfandel

Lastly a big shout out to Sarbuze, Danyull, Thirsty Man, Double D, Gigabit and the good people at Round Table Pizza for ensuring we ate like kings all weekend!


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