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TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby John Treder » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:18 pm

Very much Syrah with lots of black pepper and very dark fruit typical of CA. Excellent fit with lamb chops, spinach and a Mediterranean-style pilaf. Bought at the winery, 14% alcohol. The bottle says "Grown, Produced and Bottled ...". They're on Limerick Lane, (the first "i" is long), about a mile uphill from Foppiano, just south of Healdsburg. $25 at the tasting room in 10/07.
I liked this wine at the tasting room and bought it, yet I wasn't impressed with their stuff overall. It did smooth out over the couple of years, if I can trust my memory. I guess I'd give it a B+. Good wine, decent value, yet I won't go chasing back to see about some more right away.

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Yup...

Postby TomHill » Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:29 pm

Yup, John...pretty much my experience w/ the CC wines..decent...but not much to excite. The Syrah is the best
of their tableau. The PetiteSirah also pretty decent.
Theirs is one of the very early plantings of Syrah in Sonoma (assuming they didn't have to replant due to phylloxera)
and was first produced back in the mid-'80's under the RanchoSotoyome label, the original land grant name.
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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby John Treder » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:16 am

Whatcha doin? Chasing down old posts just for the fun of it?

Now that I live closer, I might venture up Limerick Lane again. I do like the eponymous winery's old vine Zin, though it's a bit on the pricey side.

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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby R Cabrera » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:40 pm

A blast from the past for me. I used to frequent and buy from both neighboring wineries of Christopher Creek and Limerick Lane when I used to live in SFO several years ago. I did prefer the Limerick Lane wines, though.
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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby John Treder » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:38 pm

"I used to live in SFO several years ago."
Boy, I'd sure hate to live in an airport! :twisted:

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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby R Cabrera » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:01 pm

OK, I should stop using that for Sanfran.
Besides, I used to live in airports during my work-travelling-days and made communications easier when refering to towns/cities/countries by their airport abbrev.
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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby John Treder » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:14 pm

I suppose it does make for brevity, at least amongst those who know all the major airports in the world.

Your post sort of tickled my fancy - I had a sort of vision of a homeless guy sleeping on the floor, like a stranded traveler.
(It wouldn't really surprise me if that actually happens.)

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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby Joe Moryl » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:48 am

If you are a true budget traveler then you might know www.sleepinginairports.net! I'm not sure how SFO rates.....
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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby R Cabrera » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:06 pm

John Treder wrote:Your post sort of tickled my fancy - I had a sort of vision of a homeless guy sleeping on the floor, like a stranded traveler.
(It wouldn't really surprise me if that actually happens.)


It does happen.
Here is a link to a movie based on a true story of somebody sleeping in an airport.
The other link, also based on a movie, provides context about a corporate traveller with airport and airlines becoming the focal point of his everyday existence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terminal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_in_the_Air_(film)
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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby John Treder » Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:37 am

Once upon a time, back in the 70s, I spent a week at O'Hare on two separate occasions. I was an IBM engineer, and we were testing an automated ticketing machine. I was the guru of the credit card reader, and it was amazing the things that went on. For instance, there was the bag lady who tried to stick orange peels into the credit card slot.
Then in the mid-90s, I was flying to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand two or three times a month.
Those experiences formulated my opinion: Flying wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the airports.

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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby Bob Henrick » Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:37 pm

John Treder wrote:Once upon a time, back in the 70s, I spent a week at O'Hare on two separate occasions. I was an IBM engineer, and we were testing an automated ticketing machine. I was the guru of the credit card reader, and it was amazing the things that went on. For instance, there was the bag lady who tried to stick orange peels into the credit card slot.
Then in the mid-90s, I was flying to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand two or three times a month.
Those experiences formulated my opinion: Flying wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the airports.

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While with IBM, did you ever make it to Lexington. We had/have a fair sized IBM operation here. Of course at the time of which you speak, the operation here was engaged in making the Selectric typewriter. I have a friend here who was in procurement then and knew by rote memory every part number in that old machine.
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Re: TN: Christopher Creek Syrah '05 RRV

Postby John Treder » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:30 pm

Bob,
No, I never did get to Lexington. I was in San Jose, and I did get to Raleigh and Endicott.
Early in my IBM career, I was working on a prototype of a credit card reader and sales slip imprinter that never did get to market. I tore apart a Selectric to see how it worked and what I could use to drive the imprinter. The clutches and cams were simply fascinating to a mechanical engineer!

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