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Point taken. I respectfully withdraw the "intentional".
Thanks for being intentionally obtuse. As I'm sure you recognize, 15% alcohol in a dry white wine is sufficiently unusual to require explanation. It turns out that Yquem harvests the Semillon portion of the wine once the grapes have started to be infected by botrytis. (The Sauvignon Blanc is harvested at the beginning of the vintage, though, so I wonder just how infected the Semillon grapes have to be to get the aggregate potential alcohol that high.) It also turns out...
15% alcohol? Holy crap.
Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades, obviously.Were I you, I'd do vintage Egly-Ouriet. Or maybe something like Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises. That is, not just expensive but something you don't see everyday. But then, I crave novelty. YMMV.
Produttori may be the king because their Langhe Nebbiolo is reliable, cheap, and omni-present; but just about every quality Barolo and Barbaresco producer ( Aldo Conterno, Vietti, Vajra, Cigliuti, Marchesi di Gresy, Oddero, and on and on) has one worth trying, and just about all of them are in the $20-$30 range.
I wonder if there's some bottle variation with this. I had this recently, and I thought it was decent: it had all the characteristics I would expect from Nebbiolo, although perhaps a bit muted. (I agree with what the others who replied to this said, however -- for good, cheap-ish Nebbiolo, go with Langhes from good Barolo and Barbaresco producers.)
I don't know enough to be able to judge best, but the most enjoyable/memorable were:Sparkling: Marie-Courtin Efflorescence 2007White: Peter Lauer Riesling Ayler Kupp Fass 6 (Senior) 2012Red: Moric Blaufrankisch 2010 and Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2012
I actually had this wine this past week. I don't have much experience with Lopez de Heredia or with Rioja vintages in general, but I thought that it was very enjoyable, particularly on the second day.
Do you want to stick with sweet, or are you open to something drier?If sweet, consider Moscato d'Asti from a reputable producer like Vietti, which typically be had in the mid-teens. Gruet (which makes methode champenoise sparkling wines in, of all places, New Mexico), Treveri (in Yakima, WA -- they make sparkling wines exclusively, often from grape varieties that you wouldn't expect sparkling wine to be made from, like Mueller-Thurgau), and Schramsberg (probably the best...
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