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post #8191 of 17850
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Originally Posted by Doctor Taki View Post
It just means a lot or a batch.

Thank you, Doctor.
post #8192 of 17850
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
What exactly does "cuvee" signify? Is it just something that dodges the AOC and let's makers pretend their stuff is more special? I think so.
in champagne it's a regulated term meaning the juice that comes off first compared to taille which is the juice that comes second. (wikipedia says cuvee is first 2 kL off 4000 kg and taille is the next 500 L) pretty sure it's not regulated elsewhere (ie doesnt necessarily mean what they want you to think it means)
post #8193 of 17850
Speaking of cuvees and all of this other discussion about overanalyzing wines... Last night I went with a young damsel to a local restaurant/bar for some wine and cheese and had a bottle of Chappallet Mountain Cuvee. As of recent, I have been into more old world stuff, but since we were not having a meal I thought a new world wine would fit the bill and it did just fine. Didnt care to take notes or analyze anything and enjoyed every moment.

Sometimes its nice to sit back with some nice wine, drink it, and not give a fuck.
post #8194 of 17850
Can someone help out in choosing a decent wine as gift? Im going to paris next week and I have some older friends who have invited me for christmas dinner and I dont want to show up empty handed. Please keep in mind I am 20 and have never bought a bottle of wine. I would of course have to buy it there since I would be legally be able to.
post #8195 of 17850
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Originally Posted by Johnny_5 View Post

Sometimes its nice to sit back with some nice wine, drink it, and not give a fuck.

At least 90% of the time, this.
post #8196 of 17850
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Originally Posted by Jokerman View Post
Can someone help out in choosing a decent wine as gift? Im going to paris next week and I have some older friends who have invited me for christmas dinner and I dont want to show up empty handed. Please keep in mind I am 20 and have never bought a bottle of wine. I would of course have to buy it there since I would be legally be able to.

Champagne perhaps.
post #8197 of 17850
Hello all, When I studied abroad in Northern Spain...I started drinking Rioja Crianza, and Tempranillo. These are the first wines that I fell in love with, and at the time I didn't really know very much about wine at all. I don't know enough about wine to speak on it competently, so I posted a few links below. I can say that I personally enjoy this kind, and always recommend it to friends. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rioja_(wine) (Wiki Page) http://www.wineaccess.com/store/cana...medium=organic (11.39USD) http://www.crownwineandspirits.com/s...-2006&vid=2988 (Ten Bucks, My reccomendation) The first dinner out in Spain with my friends, I noticed on the check that wine was .80 Euro's and Water was 1.20E at this particular restaurant. What a wonderful surprise! Any one else tried this? - Happy Holidays <<<that's me while drinking, metaphorically.
post #8198 of 17850
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Originally Posted by Jokerman View Post
Can someone help out in choosing a decent wine as gift? Im going to paris next week and I have some older friends who have invited me for christmas dinner and I dont want to show up empty handed. Please keep in mind I am 20 and have never bought a bottle of wine. I would of course have to buy it there since I would be legally be able to.

I think that your best bet is to find a wine store there and get them to give you some recommendations. In all likelihood the selections that they have there might not be entirely familiar to many of us who live in the US. It's going to highly depend on your budget as well.
post #8199 of 17850
I post this only because someone asked about decent Pinots for under $20. I found this one at Trader Joe's for $11.99 and was surprised that it had somewhat of a character beyond strawberry juice. The nose was bright and red berry fruity but there was some hints of baking spice. The palate was also juicy but not in a coolaid sort of way and it did exhibit some smooth tannic structure. The finish was a bit weak and did have a slight strawberry jolly rancher fruitiness to it...but as it didn't last long I didn't mind. Anyway, for $11.99 it was one of the better sub $20 Pinots from Willamette Valley I've had.

2009, Castel Rock, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

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2005 Domaine de la Presidente Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grands Classiques with left over sous vide David Chang ribs. Hmm, earthy/mushroom nose with dark fruits. Confirmed on tasting. Lively acidity, medium tannins on finish.
post #8201 of 17850
Spent the weekend in Washington DC to celebrate the 40th birthday of a friend and fellow wino/glutton. We had dinner Friday night at Bourbon Steak, Saturday night at Cityzen. We had a fairly eclectic selection of wines and I've grouped them into tiers according to how well I thought they showed. I'm not a big tasting note person, but wanted to provide a few impressions. The 90 Latour was, as it has been every time I've had it, a magnificent wine. The Vega Sicilia looked, and was, amazing for a 40 year old wine. It seemed, if you can believe it, hard and closed and I think has a way to go. I'm no expert on super old wines, but I don't know that this wine will ever resolve. I love Ridge Montebello and it is the most common wine in my cellar. The 91 is a stunning example and this was an exceptional bottle. It and the Latour competed for wine of the weekend. The Essensia was one of the best sweet wines I have ever had and I am hopeful to track some down. It was positively unctuous in the mouth without being cloying and just delivered wave after wave of flavor. The Williams Selyem was also surprisingly youthful for a 16 year old CA pinot noir with still lively and sweet fruit and really zippy acidity. I really enjoyed this wine a lot more than I thought I would. I know virtually nothing about Burgundy, but one of the celebrants picked up the Musigny on Winebid bottom feeding recently. The bubblies were both excellent and struck a good balance between brightness and secondary flavors. Both were enjoyed to start each meal.

The other three 70s from Spain were in various stages of fatigue and not showing much. The Martini was shockingly alive and I enjoyed it. Still deep purple, lively acidity and remnants of fruit. The Suiduirat was, well old. Others liked it more than I did, but Sauternes is one of my least favorite dessert wines.

The food at both restaurants was excellent and the group surprisingly preferred Bourbon Steak to Cityzen.

The Wines:
1990 Chateau Latour (CZ)
1970 Vega-Sicilia Unico (CityZen)
1991 Ridge Monte Bello (B)
1993 Pajzos Esszencia (B)
1994 Williams Selyem Allen Pinot (B)
1996 Jacques Prieur Musigny (CZ)

1970 Louis Martini Special Selection Cab (Bourbon)
1970 Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Gran Reserva (CZ)
1970 Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial (CZ)
1979 Karthauserhof Eitels Auslese (CZ)

1970 Chateau Suduiraut (B)
1970 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Gran Reserva (B)

Bubblies
1995 Henriot Cuvee Enchanteleurs (B)
2002 H. Goutorbe Brut "Special (CZ)
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^ = baller = = = BIG TIME!
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note: invite cool here to my birthday party. Requests that guests "bring wine to share". Partake. Poast.
post #8204 of 17850
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Originally Posted by PandArts View Post
I post this only because someone asked about decent Pinots for under $20. I found this one at Trader Joe's for $11.99 and was surprised that it had somewhat of a character beyond strawberry juice. The nose was bright and red berry fruity but there was some hints of baking spice. The palate was also juicy but not in a coolaid sort of way and it did exhibit some smooth tannic structure. The finish was a bit weak and did have a slight strawberry jolly rancher fruitiness to it...but as it didn't last long I didn't mind. Anyway, for $11.99 it was one of the better sub $20 Pinots from Willamette Valley I've had. 2009, Castel Rock, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
I've really enjoyed most of the Oregon Pinot's I've had recently.
post #8205 of 17850
OK. Out at a wine bar "cougar hunting" tonight. Ran across a cool wine I want more of: 2007 Perrin Cairanne Peyre Blance (Cote du Rhone Villages). At last a 2007 Rhone that is both yummy and highly approachable now. $45/bottle restaurant price. Must kop. Will advise on success with cougarlicious possibilities later.
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