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post #19666 of 19912
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Anyone have any riesling recommendations? (other than trimbach)
I really like Austrian rieslings and can't think of a bad wine from any of them. Hirsch, Brundlemeyer, Nikholaihof, Jamek, Knoll, Nigl, most make wines across the price spectrum. Hirsch is probably the best value. These are generally crisp, dry white wines with nice acid levels, which I prefer. Nigl also makes a cracking sauvignon blanc.
post #19667 of 19912
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Anyone have any riesling recommendations? (other than trimbach)
Albert Boxler, very good reputation and very well noted in the french revue La Revue du vin de France.
post #19668 of 19912
FX Pichler is one of my favorites and one of the more known austrian producers. has this brimming acidity that i really love
post #19669 of 19912
Bright fruit, nice acid. Easy to drink, would be great in summer

post #19670 of 19912
We had a 100% Monastrell last night too (that's Spanish for Mourvedre). 2012 Bodegas Volver Monastrell Tarima Hill Old Vines from Alicante. Paired it with wok charred cabbage and braised pork belly. Had some tannins and stood up well.

Hell, looking at Cellar Tracker, I've 17 bottles of 100% Mourvedres in stock right now.
post #19671 of 19912
I think the only "I have so much I need to check a database to see what's in stock" are mp3s from the early 2000s, so kudos.

Been getting into cab franc lately. Any budget recommendations?
post #19672 of 19912
There are other folks here with better knowledge than me but I'll tell you that Chinon from a good producer is a no brainer and will not break the bank.
post #19673 of 19912
Yeah there are a couple of bottles of Chinon at the BCL that I can try- been sticking with the local wines (as in, vinyards literally down the road because the little guy likes napping in the car and I like cruising vineyards).

Also, has anyone heard of the producer "Justin" in CA? I've been holding on to a bottle of cab for a few years and wondering when I should open. I think it's a 2010.
post #19674 of 19912
^ I think it's well thought of mass produced wine. A step below Silver Oak or something like that, but in the same vein. I believe the winery is in Paso, though I'm not sure where they source fruit from other than there. Unless it's the reserve or isosceles, you probably wont do better to hold it any longer.
Edited by RedLantern - 2/7/16 at 10:27pm
post #19675 of 19912
Last night was a good one for heavy-hitting (both in price and in profile) CA wines:

Modicum sparkling (private label)
- The private Thomas Keller / French Laundry label (you cannot purchase this wine outside of the restaurants)
- Possibly the best domestic sparkling I have had -- surprising for a NV offering -- coaxed out unique flavors

Auberge du Soleil sparkling (private label)

Vinatieri Cabernet (2001, 2003)
- The 2001 was opened at 2 p.m. and did not shine until about 24 hours later (at which point it was nearly gone).
- The 2003 was more approachable

Hunnicutt 9-3-5 Cabernet (2005)
- First release for this cult wine -- epic

post #19676 of 19912
Went to dinner with The Wife last night and opened my first bottle of wine from the Full Pull & Friends series - 2012 Red Mountain(WA) Cabernet (Angela's Vineyard). I thought it was great - much less tannic than I expected at this point. Very unctuous mouthfeel - lot of cassis type flavor. Not often you can find a single vineyard Red Mountain cab for $29! Not my picture below - just wanted to show off the unusual label art.

post #19677 of 19912

Sounds good, I haven't  ordered any by their private label yet

post #19678 of 19912
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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post

^ I think it's well thought of mass produced wine. A step below Silver Oak or something like that, but in the same vein. I believe the winery is in Paso, though I'm not sure where they source fruit from other than there. Unless it's the reserve or isosceles, you probably wont do better to hold it any longer.
Is there anything below Silver Oak?
post #19679 of 19912
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Originally Posted by CBrown85 View Post

Also, has anyone heard of the producer "Justin" in CA? I've been holding on to a bottle of cab for a few years and wondering when I should open. I think it's a 2010.

Been to their winery...just because it was there. It's one of the few commercial level places in Paso, so is not well liked in Paso, which is still a little farm town. There's nothing wrong with the wine, as Red said if it's an Iso could benefit from aging, if it's their "Justification" drink it now. Even the Iso is probably ready to go.

Edit: if you've been drinking a lot of BC or Canadian wines be ready for high alcohol and fruit. Central Coast is drenched in sunshine and "degree days."

If you want a Cab blend from Paso with some heft try L'Aventure. A Froggie that cut his teeth in Bordeaux moved to Paso decades ago and owns and operates it.
Edited by Piobaire - 2/8/16 at 6:09am
post #19680 of 19912
^ Oh, come on. Silver Oak is not that terrible.
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