September 21, 2013
Municiapl Winemakers vertical with a little horizontal thrown in.

Municiapl Winemakers vertical with a little horizontal thrown in.

December 16, 2012
A couple of recent bottles: 2009 Zotovich Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills and Ethan and Luke Lindquist’s debut bottling of No Limit Syrah. Both great. The Chardonnay bolder and the syrah more restrained than I would have thought. 
37 / 60

A couple of recent bottles: 2009 Zotovich Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills and Ethan and Luke Lindquist’s debut bottling of No Limit Syrah. Both great. The Chardonnay bolder and the syrah more restrained than I would have thought.

37 / 60

August 22, 2012
Wednesday wine shopping
2010 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph   35.
2010 Domaine de Bila-Haut “Les Vignes de Bila Haut” Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages 12.
2010 Château Fortia “Cuvée Baron” Châteauneuf-du-Pape  39.
The de Bila-Haut actually has braille on the label.  I assume it says, “This is the only bottle of wine you own with braille on the label.”  Or maybe there’s some great story behind it - blind monks or something - that I didn’t bother to look up before posting a snotty caption.

Wednesday wine shopping

2010 Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph   35.

2010 Domaine de Bila-Haut “Les Vignes de Bila Haut” Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages 12.

2010 Château Fortia “Cuvée Baron” Châteauneuf-du-Pape  39.

The de Bila-Haut actually has braille on the label.  I assume it says, “This is the only bottle of wine you own with braille on the label.”  Or maybe there’s some great story behind it - blind monks or something - that I didn’t bother to look up before posting a snotty caption.

August 15, 2012
Charles Merlot, Central Coast, 2000
5.
A joint bottling between Au Bon Climat’s Jim Cledenen and someone from a big wine store (the details escape me).  I tasted this at ABC’s open house on the bargain table where it was far and away the cheapest bottle in the room at 5 bucks. I thought it was great. Old, huge, black, dense…  I bought several, and then a couple more at the following open house six months later.  I think this was the last one.  Every cork I pulled was covered in sediment, and the style couldn’t be more removed from ABC’s pinots.  I don’t know that anyone else liked this, but I did.

Charles Merlot, Central Coast, 2000

5.

A joint bottling between Au Bon Climat’s Jim Cledenen and someone from a big wine store (the details escape me).  I tasted this at ABC’s open house on the bargain table where it was far and away the cheapest bottle in the room at 5 bucks. I thought it was great. Old, huge, black, dense…  I bought several, and then a couple more at the following open house six months later.  I think this was the last one.  Every cork I pulled was covered in sediment, and the style couldn’t be more removed from ABC’s pinots.  I don’t know that anyone else liked this, but I did.

July 29, 2012
Municipal Winemakers, Dark Red, Santa Barbara, 2008.
27
Blend of Syrah, Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot.  Seriously good deep, big nose, but smooth, mellow tannins.  This came up as everyone’s favorite of the four wines we had. Wish I had a case of this, but that was it.  According to the bottle, they only made about 125 cases.  I have more MW wines, but this was the only 08.

Municipal Winemakers, Dark Red, Santa Barbara, 2008.

27

Blend of Syrah, Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot.  Seriously good deep, big nose, but smooth, mellow tannins.  This came up as everyone’s favorite of the four wines we had. Wish I had a case of this, but that was it.  According to the bottle, they only made about 125 cases.  I have more MW wines, but this was the only 08.

July 28, 2012
Domaine les Grands Bois, Côtes du Rhône, Cuvée les Trois Soeurs
2010
17.
Nice nose and flavors. Wish I had more of this. I don’t.

Domaine les Grands Bois, Côtes du Rhône, Cuvée les Trois Soeurs

2010

17.

Nice nose and flavors. Wish I had more of this. I don’t.

July 25, 2012
Whitcraft, Stolpman Vineyard Grenache, 2009
Santa Ynez Valley
26.

Whitcraft, Stolpman Vineyard Grenache, 2009

Santa Ynez Valley

26.

July 25, 2012
2011 Charles Joguet Chinon Rosé
Cab Franc
20.
Not bad, a little subtle for me. 

2011 Charles Joguet Chinon Rosé

Cab Franc

20.

Not bad, a little subtle for me. 

July 17, 2012
A very generous and delicious birthday present selection of Rhones. Looking very forward to drinking these soon.

A very generous and delicious birthday present selection of Rhones. Looking very forward to drinking these soon.

July 17, 2012
La Rioja Alta, Rioja Gran Reserva 904, 1997
105. magnum (not mine.)
Very nice with paella.

La Rioja Alta, Rioja Gran Reserva 904, 1997

105. magnum (not mine.)

Very nice with paella.