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The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Heis introduced me (and I think Mark) to this grape. It was an awesome bottle.
     
  2. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Well-Known Member

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    Sitting at the bar at a nice restaurant and just found two misprints in their wine list.

    2011 Shafer one point five (half bottle) $32...uh, is this right? No. Should be $72.

    2004 d'Yquem for $30 a glass...uh, is this right? No We don't serve that by the glass. It's $255 a half bottle. $30 a glass is for the Mer Soliel Late.
     
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  3. pscolari

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    Alice & Olivier De Moor is the other producer you should try if you can. Their Plantation 1902 bottling is from 100+ yr old aligote vines and is mind blowing.
     
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  4. Cary Grant

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    Got to compare a bottle of 2005 Malvira San Michele to the new 2011. The interest being the 05 was 100 year old vine - which were torn up and replanted. The 11 is the first of the new vines. And you can still find much that is similar in the profile of each. Terroir FTW.
     
  5. Manton

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    Cheap bastards should honor the prices anyway.
     
  6. gomestar

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    +100. Fuck those guys.
     
  7. Mark from Plano

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    I kinda thought they might on the Shafer. Figured no chance in hell on the d'Yquem. As it was the bartender poured me an extra glass of red (not the one I ordered which was a $30 a glass Camus) but a Hall, which frankly tasted better). I also ordered a Royal Tokaji for dessert which he wound up comping and then pouring a second glass of.
     
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  8. patrickBOOTH

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    Manton, you have any of the Montus yet?
     
  9. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    yeah, I've had it a few times in restaurants and bought some to lay down.
     
  10. patrickBOOTH

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    I had a 2000 about a year ago. It can go for another 2 decades probably.
     
  11. erictheobscure

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    Dinner at a nice BYOB. Look two tables over (date: business bro who wearing a fleece over a dress shirt + hot but bland looking fake blonde) and notice a bottle of Menage a Trois wine sitting on the table. The fake blonde notices that I'm glancing their way and looks at me; I'm embarrassed that I've been scoffing at their supermarket wine like the judgmental asshole I am and I quickly avert my gaze. She totally thought she caught me checking her out.
     
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    eric...,

    Too funny! They must have stopped at the grocery store on the way to the restaurant.

    Cheers,
     
  13. Piobaire

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    Tasted through the 2012 Booker line up last night. Really liked The Ripper (100% Grenache), Fracture (100% Syrah), Oublie (Grenache, Counoise, Mourvedre) and The White (Roussanne, Viognier, Petit Manseng, Marsanne).

    The Ripper is all about the grape as there's no oak. Light and delicate, red fruit and a hint of mocha. Fracture is very fruit driven with quite a bit of oak. Oublie is like a plush, smooth CdP and a very easy to drink wine that also has some depth to it. No one that's ever tasted this bottling with us has not liked it. Lastly The White has major mouth feel and reminds me of a Didier.
     
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    I work part-time at a Vineyard in New England. What do you guys think of New England wines? Can we have this discussion?
     
  15. coolpapa

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    I have never had a wine from New England. What grapes are grown there?
     
  16. Manton

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    I've had Long Island wines, but never a good one. The Finger Lakes, on the other hand ...
     
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  17. Piobaire

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    Do you guys grow any Baco Noir or other French/New World hybrids?
     
  18. Principle

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    The big grapes are:

    1. Cabernet Franc (grandaddy of Cabernet Sauvignon)
    2. St. Croix (hybridized in Minnesota)
    3. Vignoles (the primary grape in our most popular wine as well as Sauternes-style dessert wine)
    4. Riesling which we pulled from the Finger Lakes
    5. Chardonnay (I know very little about this one)

    New England is relatively new to the scene, but according to the generally older customer base we get for the tastings, the wines have improved, a lot.
     
  19. Cary Grant

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    The presence of St. Croix leads me to believe that you have the same issue we have here in Minnesota- very short and highly inconsistent growing seasons. Which lead to (very) sweet wines more often than not.
     
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    Our St. Croix red is mellow and fruity, relatively full-bodied to the other reds we produce, but certainly not comparable to the sunny states in terms of fullness. We also make a French-style Rose, fruit-driven and off-dry. I could see what you're saying.
     

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