Featured User: Eric LaMasters

Eric spent most of his career in the Information Technology field, before making the decision to turn his vocational attention to being a full-time dad. He currently resides in Iowa with his lovely wife and two brilliant sons. Eric loves to cook, travel, and read. He is a proud member of two groups of wine lovers: The Wine Group of Des Moines and The Wine Nerd Herd. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Eric LaMasters: My wife and I first began to develop an interest in wine around 2002 when she was doing her surgical residency in Wichita, KS. Later we relocated to California for a couple of years, where we had the opportunity to explore California’s wine regions on frequent day trips. Spending time walking vineyards and talking with winemakers is what really ignited our interest into a full-blown passion for wine. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? EL: While I enjoy wines from many regions, my heart is definitely in Napa Valley . If I want to open a bottle that I know will resonate with my soul, a Napa Cabernet will do it every time. D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? EL: About four years ago, our local tasting group did a vertical tasting of six vintages of Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc from the Savennieres region. I found them to be very unusual - they varied widely in dryness level, and most were marked by botrytis and significant oxidation. Though it was definitely outside my comfort zone, it was a great learning experience and was very memorable. D: What is your golden rule for wine? EL: For me, the golden rule of wine is to remember that wine is meant to make us happy. Just keep it fun, keep an open mind, and don’t make it too serious. D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? EL: If I’m not drinking wine, I’m usually drinking water. Water is a pretty remarkable beverage - versatile, inexpensive, no calories, extremely refreshing, and you generally can’t harm yourself by over-indulging! D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine. EL: This might sound odd, but I always associate Antonín Dvořák’s music with Cabernet Sauvignon. Especially his ninth symphony, From the New World. To me, that work feels like a To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet, with excellent structure, but also a plush, soul-satisfying richness, lushness, and depth. There are so many nuances to pick out in both the wine and the music that I think they would pair perfectly together. D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? EL: The person I aspire to be would be like a Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Fontodi

Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2012

Pretty nice Chianti for the modest price. Lots of tart red cherries with a hint of tobacco leaves. Light and soft on the palate. Good spaghetti wine. — 14 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@Eric LaMasters Congrats on your Delectable feature! Welcome to the team. 🤓🍾
Sharon B

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Nice feature!!

Vietti

Perbacco Nebbiolo 2014

A very tasty Nebbiolo. Nice red fruit, pepper, some dried herbs, and a lovely floral high note. Excellent with a slightly spicy pasta dish. — a month ago

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Pott Wines (Aaron & Claire Pott and Daughters)

Space And Time Chateauneuf-Du-Pott Vineyard Red Blend

The just-bottled 2016 Space and Time from Aaron Pott is really amazing! The Chateauneuf du Pott site grows phenomenal Cabernet Franc. Amazing purity of fruit, and really elegant. I can’t wait until this is released! — a month ago

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Justin Wittkopf

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Have you had the 20115 of this? How does it compare?
Justin Wittkopf

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I mean 2015
Eric LaMasters

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@Justin Wittkopf - I haven’t opened a 2015 yet, but I think I might have to do that soon!

Quivet Cellars

Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Outstanding! Really dark, black fruit with licorice, cocoa, and gravel. So luxurious and velvety on the palate. Wow. — 15 days ago

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Nice! Bought some of the ‘16 for the first time.
John Van Trijp

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@Eric LaMasters unknown wine but must have it
Grant Everett

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Be still my heart .... this stuff is so good

Alpha Omega

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Beautiful expression of a Dr. Crane Cabernet. Black currant, gravel, and black licorice. Lovely texture and a long finish. — 25 days ago

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Mike R

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Ass kicking wine - jealous

Aubert

Eastside Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

I wasn’t too sure about this one at first - it showed a hard, oaky edge on the palate. Then after about two hours, it transformed into a beautiful, balanced Chardonnay with lovely lemon cream and brioche notes and a pillowy-soft texture. Really a remarkable transformation, and I highly recommend a significant decant if you open one now. I think it is also better served slightly above cellar temperature. — 2 months ago

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Henrik Poulsen

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@Eric LaMasters Great tasting note and decant recommendation. Much appreciated.
Cheers, /H
Mike R

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@Eric LaMasters you get an A for patience my friend

Pott Wines (Aaron & Claire Pott and Daughters)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Just absolutely delicious! Tons of blueberry and a luxurious, velvet texture. A tremendous value in Napa Cabernet.
My last bottle of the 2015. Can’t wait for the 2016 to arrive!!
— 16 days ago

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Drinkward Peschon

"Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Nice. Very full bodied and concentrated with excellent fruit. Lots of blackberry and violets. The tannins are pretty assertive so it would benefit from a few more years in the cellar to soften. — 18 days ago

Jody, Shay and 33 others liked this

Colle dei Venti

Tufo Blu Barolo Nebbiolo 1999

This bottle really exceeded my expectations. Just a beautiful nose of sandalwood, Asian spices, dried cherries, and a bit of dark chocolate. Lovely tart cherry and potpourri on the palate, perhaps just a bit lacking in the mid-palate. The tannins really show up on the finish. Paired beautifully with pasta in a truffle cream sauce. — a month ago

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