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I've been a big Daou fan for awhile now. Their entry cab is a great mid-range semi-splurge. But last night it was a disappointment. It was not nearly as big or "cabby" as in the past. It even tasted a bit sweet.
I wish I kept better track of vintages... now I'm wondering if I've had this one before.

Here's hoping the 2021 is back to their usual level.

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I've been a big Daou fan for awhile now. Their entry cab is a great mid-range semi-splurge. But last night it was a disappointment. It was not nearly as big or "cabby" as in the past. It even tasted a bit sweet.
I wish I kept better track of vintages... now I'm wondering if I've had this one before.

Here's hoping the 2021 is back to their usual level.

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This post sent me on a little Google outing. I hadn't realized that Daou is the former Hoffman Mountain Ranch ("HMR").

Also this stunning number:
Today his estate – at 650m the highest in the area planted with Bordeaux varieties – comprises 280 hectares of which 81 are planted to vine, but this is set to grow dramatically; last year his new vine plantings accounted for some 4% of the total across the Golden State.
 
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Burger Wine: jammy, forward, smooth, little to no oak.

Had a good one last night (with burgers--score!). Foppiano Vyd "1896" red blend. No blend info listed. I assume it is mainly Zin and Petit Sirah

I picked up some of this 2019 Foppiano 1896 Red Blend from this discussion and I'm impressed with the depth of and richness going on for an inexpensive blend. It's a jam party on the tongue. Almost fruit leather like. Even nicer that I got it on clearance sale.

Here's the writeup:
66.59% Petite Sirah 13.63% Carignaine 8.36% Barbera 7.29% Mouvedre 4.13% Zinfandel.

This wine offers an aromatic explosion of black fruit, cinnamon, rose petals, dried thyme and warm tar. On the palate, there Aromas of blackberry jam, nutmeg and cinnamon. On the full and structured palate, there are flavors of dark plum, blackberries, blueberries, and a dense minerality (which leads into a softer mid-palate, well- integrated oak, and balanced acidity). The lingering finish tastes pleasantly of plums and mulling spices.
 

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Foppiano...
We had a great time visiting Foppiano years ago (ok, there is a chance I've got it mixed up with some other place, but I think it was them).
They had their zin on tap in the tasting room and people could bring in growlers and refill them at a discount.
The woman running the tasting room went home sick and old man Foppiano took over.... quite a character.
When we were ready to leave, we wanted to buy some wine. Foppiano says, "I'm not quite sure how to sell you wine. They normally don't let me touch the computer. You wouldn't have cash, would you?" He eventually figured it out and we left happy.
 

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We had a great time visiting Foppiano years ago (ok, there is a chance I've got it mixed up with some other place, but I think it was them).
They had their zin on tap in the tasting room and people could bring in growlers and refill them at a discount.
The woman running the tasting room went home sick and old man Foppiano took over.... quite a character.
When we were ready to leave, we wanted to buy some wine. Foppiano says, "I'm not quite sure how to sell you wine. They normally don't let me touch the computer. You wouldn't have cash, would you?" He eventually figured it out and we left happy.
That sounds right. Lou Foppiano died about 10 years ago. IIRC he was like 101 or thereabouts. He was kicking around the winery doing things until the last 5 years or so of his life.

Incidentally, his son was the president of the Santa Rosa Ski Club and, so far as I know, still skis.
 

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After the big meal of the day and a few bottles of wine, we opened this as a nightcap.
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It is a good bottle to just slowly enjoy a nice glass of wine.
 

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This is today's sample.
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I like the full body taste of this wine.
 

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Today's winning gamble. I pulled a bottle that is well beyond the usual aging horizon of my imperfect cellar. It took awhile to wake up ... I had my doubts ... but then it was yummy! I do remember that when I bought it, it was a huge "I can't believe it's merlot" monster.
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