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post #20431 of 20671
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

I've been drinking French wine only for the last couple years (cheap stuff), So I just bought some rando "meritage" Cal/Napa blend. blech. Like licking strawberry Smuckers off the inside of a chest of drawers. 
try clos du val
post #20432 of 20671
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post


try clos du val


Good call. Thanks! I remember liking their wines, but haven't had any in years. 

 

Probably because it breaks my 20 buck threshold (#cheepo) -- but I will give it a whirl next time I get over to K&L. 

post #20433 of 20671
Nor cheap, low 20s at best, but good.
post #20434 of 20671
GIANTS ARE KILLING ME!
post #20435 of 20671

I know! Geez, guys. 

post #20436 of 20671
Broke out a bunch of my better cellar defenders this weekend with family in town. It was my first try for all but the Landmark Chard. Overall I'd say I was fairly disappointed though.

Big Oak/Butter bomb, very yellowish-straw in color. Its a fun wine from a good vintage and always delivers good QPR as long as you aren't looking for crisp green apple.

Entry level burg with some a nice tart cherry on the palate. It definitely had a funk on the aftertaste for the first 45 minutes but that eventually subsided. I believe I got this one from full pull for like $22 - great product for that price point.

Overpriced. It lacked the complexity and balance you'd expect from an estate grown Malbec at $46. I enjoyed it, but won't be buying more.

Perhaps it is in a muted phase, but this barely embodied the elements I love in a good Barbaresco from a good vintage. In the $30 price range Produttori blows the this away. The Amarone was wine of the weekend, followed closely by the cheapo burg.
post #20437 of 20671
Last night and Monday night we had wine from the Montsant DOC in Spain. It is right by the DOCa of Priorat and I'm going to be looking into more wines from there. One was 100% Grenache, 2013 Pallas Garnacha Old Vines Reserve at $14 for the bottle. A nice, warm climate Grenache but with good minerality. Really a nice bottle for the price and worth a try if you like Priorat wines.

The other bottle was 2008 Cellers Baronia del Montsant (Clos d'Englora) Montsant Englora at $16. This was about half Grenache then Carignan, Cab. Sauv., around 20% each, and a bit of Syrah and Temp. Really a lively acidity, lots of black fruits, and spiciness. Again, really good value.
post #20438 of 20671
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Last night and Monday night we had wine from the Montsant DOC in Spain. It is right by the DOCa of Priorat and I'm going to be looking into more wines from there. One was 100% Grenache, 2013 Pallas Garnacha Old Vines Reserve at $14 for the bottle. A nice, warm climate Grenache but with good minerality. Really a nice bottle for the price and worth a try if you like Priorat wines.

The other bottle was 2008 Cellers Baronia del Montsant (Clos d'Englora) Montsant Englora at $16. This was about half Grenache then Carignan, Cab. Sauv., around 20% each, and a bit of Syrah and Temp. Really a lively acidity, lots of black fruits, and spiciness. Again, really good value.

Have you had Cellar Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica? It is my number 1 go to crowd pleaser daily drinker. I buy it by the case at $10.99/per. You should pick up some - it is a GSM blend and sounds just like these others.
https://m.wine.com/product/capcanes-mas-donis-barrica-2013/138742
post #20439 of 20671
Had a 2009 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cru Beaujolais. For $25? Wow. I understand this was a very warm vintage for the region and it had a lot of fruit. Still quite clearly a good acidity and minerality. I seriously need two things: 1) easier sourcing for great Beauj and 2) drink more great Beauj.
post #20440 of 20671

Opened a 2012 La Dragon de Quintus last night.  Cost was $29 and I wasn't impressed.  It's an OK wine, but I can do better at the right bank for less.

post #20441 of 20671
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Had a 2009 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cru Beaujolais. For $25? Wow. I understand this was a very warm vintage for the region and it had a lot of fruit. Still quite clearly a good acidity and minerality. I seriously need two things: 1) easier sourcing for great Beauj and 2) drink more great Beauj.

Thivin is great. I've been stocking up. '13/14/15 are all great vintages in Bojo (15 is warmer, while 13/14 are more classical I believe)

TotalWine stocks it every once in a while- I usually get a 6pack and with the discount, they come in at ~$20
post #20442 of 20671
I've never tasted vin juane. I need to source something with good typicity.
post #20443 of 20671
Also, had this with dinner. Juicy and good.

post #20444 of 20671
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I've never tasted vin juane. I need to source something with good typicity.

Tell your master of wine friends to get you overnoy. Never gonna happen for you but try it anyway.
post #20445 of 20671
Still has fruit and fun to drink, but not the best of the vintage by a long shot.

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