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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Full decant. No question, makes a huge difference. Popping the cork doesn't do much about getting air to all of the wine or doing it quickly.

    I have 11 decanters for a reason...
    I thought you'd say that. Guess I'll replace my decanter then.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge

    I have 11 decanters for a reason...

    Yeah it means you drink too much like me

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    Had a '11 Jaffurs Syrah Bien Nacido last night. Was very good, and previous years have rated them 93-96+. Brought it to a restaurant, solid 90-92. I think this would really benefit from a decant.

    My friends brought a Pine Ridge? Cabernet, which I thought was a 90 point. Seemed a little tannic, and that could've used a decant as well.

    When bringing a bottle of wine for dinner, is there any way of getting a decent decant?

    Decant, then put it back into the bottle and bring it to a restaurant?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdub679 Click here to enlarge
    Had a '11 Jaffurs Syrah Bien Nacido last night. Was very good, and previous years have rated them 93-96+. Brought it to a restaurant, solid 90-92. I think this would really benefit from a decant.

    My friends brought a Pine Ridge? Cabernet, which I thought was a 90 point. Seemed a little tannic, and that could've used a decant as well.

    When bringing a bottle of wine for dinner, is there any way of getting a decent decant?

    Decant, then put it back into the bottle and bring it to a restaurant?
    When I was first delving into wine I thought Pine Ridge was 95+ point stuff. Heh, I really liked it. Now I can't drink it.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdub679 Click here to enlarge
    Decant, then put it back into the bottle and bring it to a restaurant?
    That's how I do it.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    That's how I do it.
    Good stuff. Thanks!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    When I was first delving into wine I thought Pine Ridge was 95+ point stuff. Heh, I really liked it. Now I can't drink it.
    So what was the first wine to make you say "Wow?" I guess to be more specific, which cabernet?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdub679 Click here to enlarge
    So what was the first wine to make you say "Wow?" I guess to be more specific, which cabernet?
    Grgich Hills 1998. And '98 isn't even a good year...

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    In case any of you are wondering how to clean a decanter:


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    In case any of you are wondering how to clean a decanter:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ_9aygYyas
    The little hand was oddly creepy.

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    Just opened this bad boy on Friday night. Had an '09 Silver Oak Napa before hand (which sucked - not enough time to open up) and then enjoyed the $#@! out of this 3L Fantesca Cab
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    Today at lunch with a few customers we had 2 bottles of '10 Cakebread cab (ordered '09 Caymus but they were out). The first bottle tasted like it needed another 6 months in oak but the 2nd bottle wasn't terrible. The food was awesome so I think it made the wine taste better.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ecpchris Click here to enlarge
    Just opened this bad boy on Friday night. Had an '09 Silver Oak Napa before hand (which sucked - not enough time to open up) and then enjoyed the $#@! out of this 3L Fantesca Cab
    Double magnum... always a good time.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Double magnum... always a good time.

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    I think I am going to buy into this vintage wine business in Westhampton beach... guy knows his stuff and gets ridiculous deals and then can sell uber cheap retail

    I just tried some excellent Zinfandels at the shop... a mob caleld Steele... heavy ass candy coloured deep red wine... good stuff and at $20 a bottle a bargain

    Tonight we are watching Season 3 of "Breaking Bad" and having

    2002 Greenock Creek Shiraz Apricot Block

    SHIRAZ (SYRAH) good stuff a $59 a bottle - 92/100


    and an even rarer wine from mY home state a Barossa Shiraz 2002 Back Block ------- glorious stuff 95/100. AS good as anything Mollydooker puts up... just sublime but I got the only and last bottle Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
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    I I am going to buy into this vintage wine business in Westhampton beach... guy knows his stuff and gets ridiculous deals and then can sell uber cheap retail

    I just tried some excellent Zinfandels at the shop... a mob caleld Steele... heavy ass candy coloured deep red wine... good stuff and at $20 a bottle a bargain

    Tonight we are watching Season 3 of "Breaking Bad" and having

    2002 Greenock Creek Shiraz Apricot Block

    SHIRAZ (SYRAH) good stuff a $59 a bottle - 92/100


    and an even rarer wine from mY home state a Barossa Shiraz 2002 Back Block ------- glorious stuff 95/100. AS good as anything Mollydooker puts up... just sublime but I got the only and last bottle Click here to enlarge
    What Zins?

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    2009 Steele Zinfandel... another mob called Turley was very good ....Woodenhead, they had a few wines... all good stuff

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    2009 Steele Zinfandel... another mob called Turley was very good ....Woodenhead, they had a few wines... all good stuff

    Fritz Winery Reserve (expensive)
    Nice. Turkey is one of my favorites (although beyond my $20 limit for an everyday drinker). I'll have to look at the others - thanks for the suggestions!

    -Rich

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    Nice. Turkey is one of my favorites (although beyond my $20 limit for an everyday drinker). I'll have to look at the others - thanks for the suggestions!

    -Rich
    2009 Steele at $20, was the best wine of the group... heavy big fruity Zin, glorious stuff, best value wine in 2014 so far I have had
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdub679 Click here to enlarge
    So what was the first wine to make you say "Wow?" I guess to be more specific, which cabernet?
    1978 Grange Hermitage.......... which I had in 1985 and was worth 2 weeks wages... my mate bought it
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    2009 Steele at $20, was the best wine of the group... heavy big fruity Zin, glorious stuff, best value wine in 2014 so far I have had
    Hahaha - just realized my ipad corrected to turkey from Turley. And I will definitely try Steele - normally I'm a fan of Lodi or Dry Creek zins, but always looking to branch out. Thanks for the recommendation.

    -Rich

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    1999 Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz tonight.... watching Liverpool vs Sunderland footy... not a bad wine, very heavy, smoky, pepper, plum, blackberry.. good old McLaren Vale wine 90/100
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    BTW - do not drink and trade... I think i just may have bought a Lotus Exige 240 S on ebay.... cancel trade, cancel trade, cancel trade
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    $19.99 a bottle 2009 Steele Zinfandel from California... worthy of an $80 price tag

    Glorious stuff

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    $19.99 a bottle Steele Zinfandel from California... worthy of an $80 price tag

    Glorious stuff
    You're killing me! Gotta get to the store soon to get a bottle. Which Steele bottle is it? Catfish Vineyard? Dupratt? Shooting Star?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by richpike Click here to enlarge
    You're killing me! Gotta get to the store soon to get a bottle. Which Steele bottle is it? Catfish Vineyard? Dupratt? Shooting Star?

    -Rich

    It is called Catfish.... really a remarkable cheap wine.... value = 100/100

    Quality = 93/100

    as good as value and quality gets
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