Comments on: The Pixel Mafia 2005 Dinner The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sat, 25 May 2013 08:41:56 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ammar Midani Ammar Midani Sun, 30 Oct 2005 11:30:38 +0000 seesm like somebody is going to be missed after this once upon a time in soho..

By: Ian Lyons Ian Lyons Sat, 29 Oct 2005 10:24:24 +0000 >He’s there. And he’s either drinking tea or water with gas…

That’s about my limit ;-)

>if it was above 95 send me a case!

about 94 – not enough gas!

By: mel hill mel hill Fri, 28 Oct 2005 16:14:11 +0000 So what kind of rating did that water get?
if it was above 95 send me a case!

By: Mathias Vejerslev Mathias Vejerslev Fri, 28 Oct 2005 15:28:04 +0000 I see him now! Looks like very fine water. I trust a good time were had by all!

By: Andrew Rodney Andrew Rodney Thu, 27 Oct 2005 18:20:21 +0000 –>But where´s Ian Lyons, and what did he drink?

He’s there. And he’s either drinking tea or water with gas…

By: Mathias Vejerslev Mathias Vejerslev Thu, 27 Oct 2005 17:14:08 +0000 But where´s Ian Lyons, and what did he drink?

By: Andrew Rodney Andrew Rodney Wed, 26 Oct 2005 19:21:21 +0000 We started with a lovely 05 Tunderbird. After that it was a vintage Charles Shaw we shipped in from Trader Joes. I can’t recall the next wine but it had a strawberry flavor. Boonsfarm perhaps? My favorite (and Laube’s as well) had to be the Manischewitz! What a finish!

By: PSN Editorial Staff PSN Editorial Staff Wed, 26 Oct 2005 19:05:40 +0000 Name dropper….we’ll try to post the PM prty wine & food menu…

By: mel hill mel hill Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:26:43 +0000 Cool! Bob makes some killer juice!
Although, we did had a corked 99 Pride Cab on Monday night :(

here’s what we drank:
1996 Drappier Grand Sendree – a lovely wine that is a bit rounder and fleshier than your typical 96. Nice. 93+ pts.

1990 Henri Abele Soirees Parisiennes – also a nice sparkler that was drinking better than I remember it. 92 pts.

Flight One – Chardonnays

2002 Leeuwin Artist Series – Pale yellow color. Lovely nose of ripe yellow fruit. Nice rich fruit on the palate with firm acidity. 92pts.

2002 Newton Unfiltered – Pale yellow color. Perfumed white flower aroma. Rich butterscotch tight yellow fruit on a slightly tight frame. A bit hot for me. 91 pts.

2001 Aubert Quarry – Medium yellow. Huge rich mineral aroma. Big rich yellow fruit with lemon custard on the plate. Nice long round finish. My and group’s WOTF, a few votes for WOTN. 94 pts.

1998 Kister Dutton Ranch – Full yellow color. Full big yellow fruit aroma. Tighish yellow fruit with some spiciness to it. Showing a bit more complexity with the age, but still drinking young. 92 pts.

Flight Two – Pinots

2002 Kistler Kistler Vineyard (Russian River) – Full red color. Big forward candied ripe red fruit. Lovely rich ripe black cherry and cassis with zingy acidity. Drinking a bit better than the last time I had it, but still way young. My WOTF, 93+ pts.

2002 Sine Qua Non Hollerin’ M (Shea vineyard in Wilamette) – Bright pink red color. Nice strawberry spicy red aroma. Nice briary red fruit with some earthy spiciness. Showing better than I remember from the SQN tasting, but still just a ‘very good’ Oregon pinot. 92 pts.

2001 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Homer Cuvee – Full deep red. Bright zingy cherry aroma with some spiciness. Really tight black cherry and stoney fruit. Long, slightly bitter finish. Like most Oregon pinots, I would prefer this one with a few more years of age. 91 pts.

Flight 3 – Thackery Orions (syrah dominated field blends)

1997 Sean Thackery Orion – Full black red. Full rich spicy black fruit aroma. Big tightish canned black fruit on the palate. Tight spicy and acidic. 92+ pts

1998 Sean Thackery Orion – Full deep black. Lovely bright rich black raspberry and fresh ‘buds’ aroma with hints of black pepper and spice. Lovely big black fruit on the palate with rich coffee notes. My WOTF and several mentions for WOTN, 94 pts.

2000 Sean Thackery Orion – Full deep black color. Forward integrated black fruit and plum aroma. Rich chocolate black fruit with a sweet note on the palate. 93+ pts.

Flight 4 – Shiraz/Grenache

1999 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz – Full black red color. Forward bright spicy black fruit aroma. Lovley rich black fruit. Round and balanced – even elegant. Not your typical barossa fruit bomb at all, excellent with the food. 93-94 pts.

1999 Greenock Creek Shiraz Roennfeldt Road – Deep black purple opaque. Towering sweet chocolate black fruit aroma – a knockout. Slightly muted (after the aroma) black balc fruit on the palate. Again, not as overripe as I expected and also a nice match with the food. This was easily the best nose of the night and personally the most interesting wine for me. Several votes for WOTN. 94 pts.

2000 Sine Qua Non Incognito (mostly grenache) – Deep black red. Rich tight acidic black fruit cassis aroma. Rich deep black cherry cassis and coffee liqueur fruit. Finishes forever. Another wonderful Manfred wine in one of the varietals he does best. My WOTF and WOTN (by a nose) 94+ pts.

Flight four – Cabernets (overall a surprisingly disappointing flight for what they were, especially after all the wonderful syrahs)

1997 Bedell Cupola Cabernet (Long Island) – Full red black color. Full nice deep aroma. Somewhat austere green black fruit on the palate. OK, but nothing special. 88 pts.

1999 Pride Cabernet – Corked!

2000 Araujo Eisle Cabernet – Full red coffee color. Muted aroma of black fruit. Nice round black fruit but slightly bitter and nothing really special for what it was. I have liked other bottles of the 2000 much more and, although we didn’t talk about it at the time, I suspect this wasn’t a pristine example.

2001 Ramey Diamond Mountain – Full opaque black/purple. Rich aroma of briary red/black fruit. Tight black fruit with some firm tannins. 91-92 pts.

2002 Grace Family Cabernet – Full black purple. Rich bright sharp black current cedar nose. Full black tannic fruit. Somewhat rich but quite tannic, not as forward as many other 02s from Napa. Probably needs a good 8-10 years to shine. 92 pts.

Flight six – Zinfandels

2001 Martinelli Jackass Hill Vineyard – Full red. Wild aroma of spicy perfumed white grapefuit (???!) Weird canned red fruit on a firm acidic frame. This was so unusual, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Not the big ripe in your face California Zin I’m used to.

2002 Turley Pesenti Vineyard – Full red color. Unusual red canned fruit with zingy acidic aroma. Nice rich spicy red fruit with a tight chocolate finish. Certainly a more typical example of zin… 92 pts.

By: Andrew Rodney Andrew Rodney Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:19:45 +0000 OK, it’s Bob Foley the winemaker at Pride.

By: Andrew Rodney Andrew Rodney Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:18:16 +0000 Yes. That is the main man from wine Spectator. The other wine guy (can’t recall his name) is the main man a Pride (which we drank a lot of).

By: mel hill mel hill Wed, 26 Oct 2005 13:59:05 +0000 I’ll check my wine-maker trading cards when I get home tonight! :)
How about the wine list from the dinner?
Any chance you served Jim the 2001 Montelena Estate?
(he rated it 69 points, WTF????)


By: PSN Editorial Staff PSN Editorial Staff Wed, 26 Oct 2005 13:02:25 +0000 Both are correct as both were there…Nachtwey sat on one side of Greg and Laube sat on the other side. Now, the question is, who is the wine maker next to Greg in the 4th to the last photo?


By: Jason Smith Jason Smith Wed, 26 Oct 2005 12:49:07 +0000 I was wondering if it might be Jim Nachtwey?

By: mel hill mel hill Wed, 26 Oct 2005 02:49:56 +0000 is the “jim” with Greg the guy from Wine Spectator Jim Laube?