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Florida Jim

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The boys

by Florida Jim » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:29 pm

Four times a year, the four of us get together to celebrate a birthday; he who is honored, doesn't pay. We usually go to the same restaurant and everybody brings a bottle. I look forward to these gatherings as much as any.

This past Thursday was one. The bottles were:
2009 Rhys, Pinot Noir, Home Vineyard
2009 Phelps, Pinot Noir, Freestone
2002 LaJota, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, and,
2010 Occhpinti, il Frappato.

Between mouthfuls of carpaccio, filet, pork chop, sea bass, pasta, etc. we tasted the wines over the course of about three hours and caught up.

These guys have a mostly CA palate but they know wine from everywhere (although none had tasted Frappato before). All of the wines showed well.

At the end of the evening we comment on the wines.

Mike's comment on the Frappato - "that's the way wine is supposed to taste."

'Says it all.

Best, Jim
Jim Cowan
Cowan Cellars
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Re: The boys

by James Dietz » Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:46 pm

Yes, the wines that Ariana Occhipinti is making are quite pure. I buy anything I can find that she makes.
Cheers, Jim

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