Nov 10 2006

Stonestreet

Type: Chardonnay
Year: 2001
Location: Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California
Link: stonestreetwines.com
Rating: 7 out of 10
Description: After a gentle pressing, juice was moved to French oak barrels (38% new) for fermentation. Partial native yeast fermentation encouraged textural and aromatic complexity. Malolactic fermentation followed, with each lot spending a total of seven months sur lies with monthly stirring. The resulting wine is richand creamy on the palate. Flavors reminiscent of pear and apple, with hints of tropical fruits and hazelnut, are nicely integrated and well-balanced with the toasty, spicy characters of French oak. The glass-filling flavors and crisp acid-balance make it partner well with herbed chicken, flavorful cheeses, and a variety of seafood dishes.

Wines aged sur lies are kept in contact with the dead yeast cells and other sedimentary matter that remain when the fermentation is completed. In the last decade, this practice has become fairly commonplace in the making of Chardonnay and is followed also on occasion for Sauvignon Blanc. The hope is that sur lies aging will add complex quality to the wine-often akin to a toasty, roasted-grain character.

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Nov 10 2006

Iron Horse

Type: Chardonnay
Year: 2001
Location: Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California
Link: ironhorsevineyards.com
Rating: 9 out of 10
Opinion: One of the best Chardonnays I have ever had. A wonderful tasting wine, with a smooth texture. This wine is full of flavor, and has a bold, lingering finish.

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Nov 10 2006

William Hill Winery

Type: Chardonnay
Year: 2000
Location: Napa Valley, California
Link: williamhillwinery.com
Rating: 8 out of 10
Opinion: Superb chardonnay. Moderate in flavor with a nice smooth finish.

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Nov 10 2006

Chateau Souverain

Type: Chardonnay
Year: 2002
Location: Geyserville, Sonoma County, California
Rating: 7 out of 10
Opinion: Very good multi-layered chardonnay. Moderate in flavor with a nice finish.

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Nov 10 2006

Barefoot Reserve

Type: Chardonnay
Year: 2002
Location: Graton, Sonoma County, California
Rating: 6 out of 10
Opinion: Decent chardonnay, but has an odd aftertaste. This wine is moderate in flavor.

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Nov 10 2006

Robert Mondavi Winery

Type: Chardonnay
Year: 2002
Location: Oakville, Los Carneros, Southern Napa and Sonoma Counties, California
Link: robertmondaviwinery.com
Rating: 6 out of 10
Opinion: This wine was good overall, but there was nothing “special” about it. It had a good flavor, and would complement most poultry or seafood dishes.

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Nov 09 2006

Office Space "Recut"

Absolutely brilliant recut of the Office Space Trailer as a slasher flick.


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Nov 05 2006

Five Pound Bag

While bouncing around Martin Fowler’s “Bliki”, I happened upon a wonderful quote which I will get much use out of at work.

You can’t put ten pounds of shit into a five pound bag. –Anyone who has tried

See Martin Fowler Bliki.

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Nov 05 2006

Wild Horse

Type: Pinot Noir
Year: 2002
Location: Templeton, Central Coast, California
Link: wildhorsewinery.com
Rating: 8 out of 10
Opinion: Fantastic Pinot Noir with a medium-body. The earthy flavors compliment the berry flavors in the wine. it has a wonderful finish.

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Nov 05 2006

Bishop’s Peak

Type: Pinot Noir
Year: 2001
Location: Arroyo Grande, South Central Coast, California
Link: bishopspeak.com
Rating: 9 out of 10
Opinion: Bishop’s Peak is an ancient volcano that rises above San Luis Obispo. The vineyard is located below that volcano. This wine was enjoyed while eating Chicken Parmigiana and Rice Pilaf. The wine has black chery and raspberry flavors mixed with an earthy aroma. The wine’s acidity and tannin content seemed to blend well with the chicken. Other lighter meat dishes may also pair well with this wine.

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