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2004 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard San Francisco Bay
5/18/2013 - etherscreen wrote:
i've gone through just over a half a case of this, and sadly this was my last bottle. this particular bottle is a bit past its prime and some of the complexity has dissipated. it's still a delight to drink.
  • etherscreen commented:

    5/19/13, 7:52 PM - hi keith. i'm absolutely sure. you can view my previous encounters with this bottle in my notes as well as on ebob and wineberserkers.

    while the prices for this were quite high for a at auction for a while after release, there were a few bottles i picked up from winebid for <$100. sadly i haven't seen these anywhere in some time. i managed to obtain the rest of the bottles in trade for a total of 7. across vintages i've purchased or traded for a total of 18 bottles of the home vineyard. i've only consumed the '04 and a bottle of '06.

    in the end, the hunt was both a source of satisfaction and pure drinking enjoyment! the '04 rhys home pinot noir is among my favorite cali pinots.

2008 Kapcsándy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend
1/29/2013 - etherscreen wrote:
98 points
It wasn't the best setting to take a note, so this is from memory. Fortunately this wine will be imprinted on my brain for a very long time.

Slow ox'd over night and decanted 4 hours before consumption.

This is one of those bottles that floored me from the get go. Nose of blackberry, cassis, violets, and earth. Grabs you and commands your total attention. So saturated and smooth - velvet like. Poised and just perfectly shaped in the mouth. Welcomes food. Rich with a full body. Exquisite balance. Finish that echoes the entire package that goes on and on. This is one of the best wines I've had in quite a while.

While I had originally thought I wasn't going to buy this vintage due to the pricing, two things changed:

1. Lou dropped the price from what was originally on their website before login.

2. I drank this wine.

  • etherscreen commented:

    2/24/13, 9:46 AM - hi dave. slow ox is slow oxidation. i opened the wine around 8 pm the night before i planned to drink it. i drank a little that night or alternatively you could pour a small glass. this is done to increase the surface area of wine exposed to oxygen in the bottle. at this point, i replaced the cork and keep the bottle in the cellar. i decanted 4 hours prior at cellar temp. follow this, and you'll be in for a treat.

2008 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera Nebbiolo
12/28/2012 - etherscreen wrote:
95 points
roses, tar, black tea, minerals, dirt, and cherries. awesome mouthfeel - so cohesive, so balanced. nice hit of acid. tannins are powdery and clearly present, but far from punishing. although a little tight, the level of refinement and quality here is obvious. this was an experimental bottle, and a delicious experiment it was. i am very excited to learn more about this producer.
  • etherscreen commented:

    12/30/12, 8:47 PM - about to buy some more of each. thanks for the rec.

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