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TN: 2006 Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet

Post  Bob Wood on Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:41 pm

Is it a blockbuster? Is it an oozemonster? Does it reek of oak and blueberries? Will it show well in a blind tasting alongside the likes of Harlan and Screagle?

No, no, no and no.

Is it varietally correct? Does it have a lovely nose of cherries, blackberries and cassis with a little herbal component? Is it elegant and perfectly balanced with fine-grained tannins? Does it scream, "Pour another glass?" Was it the perfect accompaniment to my porterhouse? To all of those the answer is a resounding "YES".

Full retail is somewhere around $16. It's on "post-off" in Portland right now, so I paid $11 for it. Stunning bargain, easily worth twice that and more.
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Post  mike pobega on Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:44 pm

Great note. I love the old reliables,
Just sometimes the herbal thing freaks me out....
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Post  Bob Wood on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:23 pm

Just a smidgeon of herbal, Mikey. Just a touch. It's probably from the little dollop of cabernet franc.

What's really nice to see is that the sale of Martini to Gallo has had only positive effects. Mike and Carolyn still run the place (in a fairly autonomous fashion, apparently) and the wines, if anything, have only gotten better. It's a far cry from the situation at Mondavi where the family is out and the winery website hasn't even been updated to make note of an icon's death.
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Post  mike pobega on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:37 pm

I will get one today and see......
thanks
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Post  DavidSawyer on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:25 pm

bought one Saturday for $11.99 at Costco here. I'm looking forward to it.
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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:28 pm

Guess I'll break down and get one at Costco over lunch today as well.

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Post  DavidSawyer on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:30 pm

it was in the liquor store part in the Galleria here, not sure about Dallas.
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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:31 pm

DavidSawyer wrote:it was in the liquor store part in the Galleria here, not sure about Dallas.

We only have one liquor store bolt on and it is in Fort Worth. I need to go get weekly supplies for dinner and such, so I will give the normal selection a look see.

How's your liver?

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Post  Todd F r e n c h on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:35 pm

This is a commonly poured wine-by-the-glass at Kendall's at the Music Center. It's not bad, actually.

$12? Dayum, they charge $8/glass for it!

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Post  Zachary L A N G on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:36 pm

Looks like a virtual taste-off ladies and gents....I'll have to get one too
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Post  DavidSawyer on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:46 pm

How's your liver?[/quote]

We are not good friends right now Bill. We had another two bottles at Tom's after dinner. It was, frankly, a shitshow.
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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:47 pm

DavidSawyer wrote:
We are not good friends right now Bill. We had another two bottles at Tom's after dinner. It was, frankly, a shitshow.

Two more bottles after all we had to drink. Shocked

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Post  Bob Wood on Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:22 pm

I just got an email touting this wine from WINEX that I forwarded to some of you - okay, part of it - and Parker liked it enough to give it 90 points.
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Post  mike pobega on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:09 am

Bob, you I have faith in. Parker like McMannis too. 'nough said.
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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:10 am

Of course Costco had none today.

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Post  Tyler Rico on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:41 am

Zachary L A N G wrote:Looks like a virtual taste-off ladies and gents....I'll have to get one too

Let me know where you find some!!
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Post  Zachary L A N G on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:42 am

Just bought a case for $9.95 per....you can have some

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Post  Tyler Rico on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:43 am

Zachary L A N G wrote:Just bought a case for $9.95 per....you can have some

cool, Ill take 3! king

Where did you find it?
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Post  Bob Wood on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:06 am

Zachary L A N G wrote:Just bought a case for $9.95 per....you can have some
Yeah, after you got Buffalo Head's validation of my TN.

You're a sycophant, shorty!
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Post  Cris Whetstone on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:32 am

mike pobega wrote:Great note. I love the old reliables,
Just sometimes the herbal thing freaks me out....
Needs a touch of herbally goodness or its not Cab. Over ripeness and over oaked are no way to go through life young man. Twisted Evil

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Post  mike pobega on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:19 pm

Cris Whetstone wrote:
mike pobega wrote:Great note. I love the old reliables,
Just sometimes the herbal thing freaks me out....
Needs a touch of herbally goodness or its not Cab. Over ripeness and over oaked are no way to go through life young man. Twisted Evil

How 'bout perfectly ripened without being overblown and moderately oaked?
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Post  Paul Flynn on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:24 pm

This is a nice Cab, especially for the price. It's a bit restrained at the moment but it's young. My wife prefers the Avalon Napa Cab but we both agree that in QPR Cab land the 2006 Susana Balbo Crios Cabernet is the hands down winner at the moment at $11.
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Post  Zachary L A N G on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:32 pm

Paul...I've never heard of that one - I'll have to hunt some down and give it whirl

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Post  John Holdredge on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:19 pm

I've seen some strange stuff in my day- and I'm not shocked by a lot anymore- but Bob Wood posting on a california Wine?!

What next- Britney turns bible-thumper?

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Post  Bill Tex Landreth on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:21 pm

John Holdredge wrote:I've seen some strange stuff in my day- and I'm not shocked by a lot anymore- but Bob Wood posting on a california Wine?!

What next- Britney turns bible-thumper?

Mike Dildine posting on a BDX?

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