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post #14551 of 18059
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Originally Posted by audiophilia View Post

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Our server explained that a guy came in Friday with a girl. He was an oil gazillionaire playa and ordered up these two beauts. $3K. He bought out the bottles as the owner of the restaurant wanted to save them. They cost him $45 bucks a piece in '86!
As they opened the Lafite, the oxidation (?) made the wine splash out or something; about an ounce. The punter didn't seem to mind.

Went thru about 11 laps before I realized the original post was also yours. So you're not the gazillionaire playa. Had me.
post #14552 of 18059
Portuguese Alentejo wines are woefully unexplored and have fantastic quality. Superb value. I believe better than the traditional $ wines from the Douro. Tonight, having this highly recommended example:


post #14553 of 18059
Nice! The 86 Mouton gets all the hype, but the 86 Lafite is a better drink in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/vandals-destroy-prized-brunello-di-montalcino-wine/
Soooo RIP Soldera vintages 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Wow... Just.... Wow. That's gotta hurt.
post #14556 of 18059
Yikes
post #14557 of 18059
I really hope they catch who did this and that it's not another wine maker. Anyone in the trade that would do this could have no soul.
post #14558 of 18059
Hope not but I'd almost bet that it is another winemaker or relation.

post #14559 of 18059
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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

Hope not but I'd almost bet that it is another winemaker or relation.

Yeah, me too. Who else would go to that much trouble? If it was a bunch of dumbass kids or something, I doubt they would so methodically destroy it all.

That, or the mob. Gotta throw that out there smile.gif
post #14560 of 18059
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/vandals-destroy-prized-brunello-di-montalcino-wine/
Soooo RIP Soldera vintages 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
This is, like, the worst thing I've ever read!
post #14561 of 18059
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Soldera has been a strident critic of many of his fellow Brunello producers, some of whom have been advocating different blends and aging processes using French oak that are geared toward appealing to contemporary tastes. Soldera has said that any such techniques are just proof that his competitors have "bad wine" to begin with. Rumor has it that this latest act of vandalism may stem from a 2008 scandal in which Soldera may be seen as to blame for the indictment of several of his rivals for illegally blending unauthorized grapes into their Brunello.
hmm.
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In total, some 62,600 liters, or 84,000 bottles, of Case Basse di Soldera were destroyed, covering vintages from 2007 to 2012
84,000 bottles x $250 (a very conservative retail number) = $21,000,000

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No bottles were stolen, adding to the evidence that the crime was not motivated by theft or monetary gain


http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/2012/12/italian-winery-vandalism-soldera-montalcino.html?mid=twitter_grubst
post #14562 of 18059
Maybe Montalcino should be David Simon's next project for an HBO show.
post #14563 of 18059
Okay, now this guy might have been talking out of his ass, but the fellow I had lunch with today promised me a 98 Pegau.
post #14564 of 18059
You want that Pegau, it was exactly his ass that was talking. Man up for your wine.
post #14565 of 18059
Value wine.

Vastly underappreciated region, La Mancha, fabulous wine. 2010 Vover Temperanillo from Spain. Stashing a case, this will age very well.

Excellent balance, spice, and regional deference. Cannot be topped for $15 a bottle.





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