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The Official Wine Thread

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by audiophilia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. djblisk

    djblisk Well-Known Member

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    Any recommendations for white burgandys similar to the 2008 William Fevre Grand Cru Chablis Vaudesir?
     
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    Had this yesterday. First Heredia for me. Color was a bit more brown-ish than I expected (quite a lot more than the sugarille 1993 which I've had earlier this year and was very good). Pretty light bodied (then again, just 12%) with relatively strong acidity. I like it, beautiful wine, but I'd say it's no crowd pleaser. Practically no sediment, crumbly soft cork. Oh yeah, it's the 1991.
     
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  3. erictheobscure

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    Eric - Any preference for heredia vs Alta vs cune?
     
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    Enjoyed this with my wife after a day of shooting pheasants at Primland in VA. First pheasant hunt for me and I really enjoyed it. This was a very good bottle of this wine, balanced, very much alive though likely on the decline, aromatics were soaring and I can still taste it today. I really enjoyed it.
     
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  6. Manton

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    I have one bottle of that, I guess time to drink it?
     
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    I think so. I don't think it's going to get any better.
     
  8. erictheobscure

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    Oddly enough, I don't think I've ever had Alta Rioja aside from the lower-end Vina Alberdi (which is hit or miss). In any case, I like Heredia a lot more than Cune. In my limited experience, I've enjoyed the Bosconia more than the Tondonia although I like both a lot. Vina Cubillo is perfectly enjoyable too.
     
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  9. Medwed

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    Just came back from Champagne-Ardenne region. Fantastic weather for driving through the hills from one Village to another and getting lubricated with free Champagne tastings along the way. I highly recommend it, just make sure you have a car with a trunk. (and you know how to drive 5-spd drunk)

    Champagne Henri Abele was a nice revelation. Very well designed wine in Brut or in Soirees Parisiennes Brut.
    Visited our regular R.Renaudin for some excellent vintage stuff 2002, 1996.
    Got triplicates of various growers Champagnes at very attractive prices.
    My modest haul.
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    When tasting for free, are you obligated to make a purchase? (wondering what the protocol is)
     
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    Drinking this right now. I could drink this every fucking day. Dried Bing cherries, dried blackberries, smoked charcuterie, vanilla, tobacco with medium silky tannins and a lively acidity. :slayer:


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    Not obligation just a courtesy, however at prices like: 13-15Eur for simple Bruts, 15-17Eur for Premier Cru and 17-24Eur for Millesime, I would not return empty handed.
    Some small growers with tasting rooms would have a tasting menu where they would indicate that if you buy 2 bottles at least the tasting is free. Some who are more commercial would have paid tasting where they have an amazing yard with tables and breathtaking views of vineyards all showing Autumn colors. They would put a regular menu ad in front of the gate(like on the pic from Hautvillers) . Having a few glasses along with a short cigar (everyone smokes in France ,so no weird looks ), = heaven.
     
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  13. venividivicibj

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    Those prices are ridiculous. I'm always jealous of the ex-cellar prices that you can get in Europe.
     
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    I sent my wife to the store with very simple instructions: Napa Cab ~$25

    Came back with "Layer Cake"

    Review: It's terrible.
     
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    You should extend your search beyond Napa for better QPR.
     
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    Yeah, I've had very few Napa Cabs I would spend the money on. Fortnight was good for like $22, but the new vintage is a California blend. The Band of Vintners Consortium is good but closer to $30 or $35.

    As for what I had today...

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    Nice little pet nat. I've liked most of the wines Zev Rovine brings in, I just wish they were easier to find here.
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    This was a perfect match with Indian food. Not aggressively weird, but there was a little bit of volatile acidity and funk. I'll be buying a lot more of this.
     
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  17. djblisk

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    I cherish my remaining bottles.

    Hoping to grab some more for shit and giggles.
     
  18. djblisk

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    So my wine locker is full. Sad day.

    Damn boxes and styrofoam take up so much room.

    Can't buy any more wine until then.
     
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  19. CBrown85

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    My experience with Cali wines is extremely limited.
     
  20. Piobaire

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    Start exploring some Washington Cabs. At that price point a far better QPR.
     
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