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    now here's one that i think Hipcheck can REALLY sink his teeth into. i think it's RIGHT up his alley.

    2004 Ridge, Ponzo Vineyards California Zinfandel.

    i have become a bit of a freak about 2004 Russian River Valley wines, and this is absolutely NO exception!

    it is in the $20-$30 range (i can't remember exactly) at Cost Plus. if it's out of any of your price ranges, f*** it... BUY THIS!!!

    it is absolutely outstanding. it has a strong punch because it is a strong wine (about 14.9%)... much more than any Zin i've ever had. probably due to the fact that it's 96% percent Zin, 3% Petite Syrah, and 1% Carignane. but make NO mistake, it finishes smoother than any Zin i've had as well and the fruit really pops on the way down. somewhat dry and VERY lengthy!

    a little sweet and new tasting, it was perfect for a couple of spicy rubbed steaks and a curried rice that Kat and i had for dinner tonight... i'm going out tomorrow or Wednesday to grab a few more because this s*** is going to drink exceptionally well for the next 5 years. the bottle definitely got better the longer it sat.

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    Ridge consistently makes a good Zin. I also like Dover Canyon Winery's "Alto Pomar"

    and Burgundy is the best region for Pinot Noir, hands down. A wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti will kick ass over any Pinot Noir you can get on this continent.

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    My wife and I went out to an extravigant dinner in Sedona last week, and had two half bottles of 2005 Kosta Browne Pinot (one was Russian River Valley, and the other Sonoma Coast) at $90 each. I've been searching for this wine for a couple of years, and wasn't disappointed. It was so good we ordered another $90 half bottle, if that is any indicator. Without a doubt, the best wine I've ever had...and I've had lots. What's unfortunate is, when it came out it was rated by Wine Spectator as a 93, and was only $35 a bottle. Now, if you can find it, it's about $55 for a half bottle (the above price was in a restaurant). Regardless, it was worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salami View Post
    My wife and I went out to an extravigant dinner in Sedona last week, and had two half bottles of 2005 Kosta Browne Pinot (one was Russian River Valley, and the other Sonoma Coast) at $90 each. I've been searching for this wine for a couple of years, and wasn't disappointed. It was so good we ordered another $90 half bottle, if that is any indicator. Without a doubt, the best wine I've ever had...and I've had lots. What's unfortunate is, when it came out it was rated by Wine Spectator as a 93, and was only $35 a bottle. Now, if you can find it, it's about $55 for a half bottle (the above price was in a restaurant). Regardless, it was worth it.
    How would you compare the RRV wine to the Sonoma Coast wine? I would imagine the RRV Pinot Noir would have a bit more ripe fruit. Drinking these young Pinot Noir's at restaurants scare me because I would want them to aerate for about 2 hours before I try them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    now here's one that i think Hipcheck can REALLY sink his teeth into. i think it's RIGHT up his alley.

    2004 Ridge, Ponzo Vineyards California Zinfandel.


    a little sweet and new tasting, it was perfect for a couple of spicy rubbed steaks and a curried rice that Kat and i had for dinner tonight... i'm going out tomorrow or Wednesday to grab a few more because this s*** is going to drink exceptionally well for the next 5 years. the bottle definitely got better the longer it sat.

    A recent Zin I had that I thought was very good was the Murphy Goode Liars Dice Zin. It goes for 15-20 per bottle and I thought it outstanding. One thing about wine though is the quality/taste of the wine directly correlates to the occasion/mood of the wine drinker. When its a joyous celebration and you are in a good mood the wine always tastes better; if you are in a crappy mood even the most expensive wine will leave you dissapointed.

    Just my 2 cents and in true Hipcheck fashion tonight Ill be drinking the $4.99 Jakes Fault Shiraz from TJs. And yes-I will use my decanter for my anonymous LGK friend who hates decanters and has yet to show the nads to reveal himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcheck View Post
    Just my 2 cents and in true Hipcheck fashion tonight Ill be drinking the $4.99 Jakes Fault Shiraz from TJs.
    I might have to try that. I had a good experience with the one bottle of shiraz i had.


    BTW, in Sideways, the Maya character mentioned that Miles' bottle was peaking.

    Anyone know what resource one would refer to to find such information?

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    Might try Wine Spectator.
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    Temecula trio available right now in the Woot off. Will probably be gone in 15 minutes.
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    I used to occasionally buy from Wine Woot but lately there havent really been that good of deals.
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    Default my wine

    this is my favorite wine. I like it because it's good and a local Wine here in WA. This wine tastes great with Cheese Burgers.


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    The bold and fresh black, blue and raspberry fruit aromas are supported by an underpinning of soft velvety wood flavors of vanilla and cedar. Aged for 22 months in small oak barrels (77% new French oak) the tannins in this wine are beautifully balanced with the intense rounded fruit flavors. Serve this wine with all types of red meat dishes. The subtle flavors of rosemary encrusted lamb make the perfect foil for the lively fruit flavors in this exceptional wine.
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