Sine Qua Non

Poker Face Syrah 2004

Syrah on another logical level. A pure barnstormer. Never tasted a Syrah like this before! Very atypical for the varietal. Perfectly weighted, and so compact. Sandalwood interplay’s with dark chocolate, blueberries and cinnamon.
WNH NY 2021. I think
@Bill Bender coughed up the king’s ransom for this gem. Can’t thank you enuf, Bill!
— 2 months ago

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This was a treat said the least. I’ve been blessed enough to have had this a few times. One of if not my favorite SQN of all time. Thank you again for bringing it @Bill Bender
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You are welcome @David L @Ron R SQN and pizza is a tough pairing to beat
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When can o storm your cellar, @Bill Bender? Don’t be holding out on yer boy now!!!


Rouge Valley Red Blend

Spicy and jammy. Very nice with couscous. 2015 — 2 years ago

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Rouge Valley Cabernet Franc

Goes well with prime rib. Little stink on the nose but overall acid and fruit are balanced — 3 years ago

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Seven Sinners

The Ransom Old Vines Lodi Petite Sirah

Dined out for Father's Day and this gem was on special. . . Good call Mookies!! — 5 months ago


Jigsaw Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Given to us by Joe and Adam. — 9 months ago

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Cloudy Bay

Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Ron R

So good, so exotic. One of the best down-under SB’s in our book. Doesn’t cost a king’s ransom, either. Our prior notes apply. — 2 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Kaye and I spent 6 weeks in NZ about 5 years ago. Started out February 1. I was birdwatching but did consult Parker for wineries. I went to about 10 wineries on the north side of the South Island. Nice but not trophies like Napa. It was really fun . Good restaurants too. Kaye found good breweries. Queens town is very pretty and fancy . I think that’s the ski place. NZ is a lot like Oregon with a wet and dry side. The fjords are beautiful. There’s a reR parrot there . I gotta say it rained for 2 days there non stop. I never say rain like that before. ( I am from Tucson) . I didn’t see the parrot either! Aukland has a good wine store I can’t remember name. I brought reds home. If you can fly directly to Auckland . The flight from Sydney to Auckland is about 1,500miles. Hugh 🍷
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Hugh, thanks for the tips and insights! I’ll send you notes when we get there...
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The biggest producer of wine in NZ and everyone else is a very distant second.


Willamette Valley Albariño

Searing acids. Wow. Hard not to take another sip. Very good — 7 months ago

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Ramey Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ron R

Yes, another Napa cab.
My wife has taken me as a hostage. But my ransom isn’t too much, hence the Ramey tonight. And she’s not even here to blame for my choice.
The nose presents nice oak treatment, along with spice box. Palate shows ripe, fresh fruits, medium tannins, and moderate acidity. Great extraction, without being overly done. This is a well moderated example of the varietal.
On the 93 pt bubble...
— 9 months ago

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Virginia King's Ransom 2016

Blackberry, cherry, raspberry, currant, blueberry, oak and hints of brett. Good structure and soft tannins. — 3 years ago

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The Emerald 1865 Straight American Whiskey

When she’s deglazing pans with this...you might not have enough low end options in your bar — 4 years ago

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