OCCOM BILL wrote:
Thanks Bill will do.... we are going to try a Williamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir next, I've been told by many that the Oregon Pinots are outstanding.
Believe it or not, just for sipping by itself I've enjoyed the Yellow Tail Shiraz-Cab. I really like Shiraz although I tried the Barefoot, usually a real good everyday wine IMO, (although for everyday wine from the market I don't think you can beat Yellow Tail) and did not like it. Found it thin and acidic.
It ended up dressing up some red pasta sauce and in that context performed very nicely.
Yellow Tail is the rage in low end taverns because of it's consistency. I've become to spoiled for it myself, so be careful.
Oregon is indeed where most of the best Pinots are coming from these days... but that may be do to the fact that most of California's are already sold out... on account of that idiotic movie that glorified them (Sideways). Meanwhile, Merlots have suffered greatly from the slamming they got because nobody seems to have gotten the inside joke of the movie. The truly precious wine dude raved about and drank at the end of the film out of a paper cup was none other than a rare, peaking, Merlot. People are funny.
I don't care for Pinots or Zins myself. Good ones are few, far between, too expensive and could never stand up to decent cab half it's price for my taste.
I read that one of the reasons Yellow Tail was so popular was because a lot of the Australian and New Zealand wines retain a little more sugar than others and are therefore a bit smoother. squinney really likes Stirling Cab, which is a California one. About 25 a bottle. I prefer the couple of Pinots I've had that I liked... in the inexpensive class I have really enjoyed the Castle Rock Pinot from Monterey Valley.
What I really love though is Tawny Port. I'm going to take the plunge and try a 20 y.o. Taylor here as soon as I can get up the nerve to shell out 50.00 for a bottle of wine. Fortunately squinney hates it, and at one glass at bedtime every now and again it should last awhile.
We're really having a great time getting into this in a big way. We haven't tried any NC wines yet but there is a winery not 20 minutes from our house that is suppposed to be really good and for five bucks a head you can taste their entire line. Cheap date..... and maybe squinney will come across after I get her loaded :wink:
I've only tried one Merlot... a Francis Ford Coppola. It sucked for us. Really too woody and tannic. Can you make a recommendation that won't break the bank?