The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    Rosso di Montalcino can be a great food wine. However, I prefer other Tuscan sangeovese wines most of the time. Chianti Classico, Carmigniano, Morrelino di Scansano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

    The Rossos I have tried recently have all been rather light in style and not much like their bigger brothers. There is also the issue of cost in the US, I think the distributors are trying to cash in on the Montalcino association (Example, Banfi Rosso, $20-24 here yet I paid 6 Euros in Rome). My preference for the other listed DOCG's stems from both cost and the others tend to have much more body and complexity than a Rosso. Still, I have enjoyed a handful of Rossos, they're great with pasta or a nice starter, but I wouldn't pick one out expecting the brilliance that can be great Brunello.

    And 2002 can be a mine field. Very tough vintage, much was really destroyed. Values, maybe, but I don't know of any. Heck, for $35 the 2004 La Colombina is a stunning value anyways.
     


  2. Cary Grant

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    The best bet (and generally more expensive) is to buy from small vineyards. I find it especially true that the small operations almost always make great wines... meaning if it isn't up to their standard, they just don't release much or any that year.

    Agreed that there is a lot of dreck in the 02's but some brilliant stuff too.
     


  3. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    you have to find the small operations stuff first. Can be tricky, even at robust stores.
     


  4. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    you have to find the small operations stuff first. Can be tricky, even at robust stores.

    True- I'm fortunate a buddy is an importer [​IMG]
     


  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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  6. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    How do they differ, Pio?
     


  7. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    14.6% ABV vs. 14.7% ABV, obviously
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    How do they differ, Pio?
    14.6% ABV vs. 14.7% ABV, obviously
    [​IMG] Cary, these are Kosta's non-vineyard designates, i.e. they source from multiple vineyards for these vs. a single vineyard. The RRV is made from RRV sources, the Sonoma Coast from SC sources. RRV tends to be plusher and more fruit forward. These bottles are going for $200+ on local wine lists. Cost me $52 per bottle, $3 per bottle shipping.
     


  9. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Nice. And LOL Gome...
     


  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Have any of the WTSO contingent cracked a bottle of 2005 Parusso Barolo 35ªANNATA Bussian, LeCoste, Mosconi yet?
     


  11. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    not yet. Let me know if you do, I'd be interested in hearing about it (and I know you could use the cellar space more than I)
     


  12. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    Have any of the WTSO contingent cracked a bottle of 2005 Parusso Barolo 35ªANNATA Bussian, LeCoste, Mosconi yet?

    not yet. Let me know if you do, I'd be interested in hearing about it (and I know you could use the cellar space more than I)

    Not yet. I have it in my "long term" group of wines that I'm moving to my new offsite storage. Figured it needed a while longer. Cellartracker has a 2011-2016 drinking window suggestion on it...for whatever that's worth.
     


  13. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    WTSO just put this up:

    We are unable to ship to Texas until further notice

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  14. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Guys, after today, all I have to say is WOW. Just..... just WOW.
     


  15. james_timothy

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    WTSO just put this up:

    We are unable to ship to Texas until further notice

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    And here I thought you were single-handedly trying to keep them in business. Ungrateful, they are.
     


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