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(9/28/2010)
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
Price: $17.99
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This is NOT Champagne. Good prosecco should be fresh, fruity, bubbly and fun. This one is one of my favorites; tends to be cleaner and more refreshing than some sweeter-style proseccos, with really tight bubbles, which is uncommon amongst the majority of proseccos. Best enjoyed before dinner, on a warm day with friends, or during a picnic lunch.
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(9/28/2010)
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
Price: $54.99
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Obviously wine is subjective...but if you have an opportunity to sit through a blind tasting of similarly priced NV champagnes (whether from small growers or big negociants that buy their grapes from god-knows-where like this particular one) you may be surprised to find that this champagne is always ranked the least favorite. This house makes lots and lots of champagne--reminds me of similarly mass produced bubbly from Spain, the US, Australia, other parts of France. There is not the clean elegance that champagne's should have, nor is there the rich toastyness. Instead it smells of sulfur and is a bit dirty tasting with bubbles that are so-so. While i've certainly had worst sparkling, I'm giving this such a poor review because there are SOO many other good sparklings out there in a similar price range...and I've had $15 cava's that taste more like what a true champagne should taste like than this...but, oh, marketing. It wins people's hearts. If you read the other reviews people had this for a special reason--because it is a $40-$60 bottle of wine; to celebrate an engagement, a birth, an anniversary. I'm sure it was great for that...but it doesn't make it good wine.
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(9/28/2010)
La Posta Cocina 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $14.99
I really appreciate what this winery does...both in terms of promoting the family farms they buy from and making very good, elegant wines at affordable prices. This is drinking really well now--beautiful red fruit noses with a hint of that malbec violet (just slightly floral). Easy drinking wine, good with food.
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(9/28/2010)
Chateau Greysac Medoc 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2008 vintage is available for: $18.99
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I was literally blown away by the '03 Greysac. One of the best values to come out of Bordeaux in a very long time. 2004 was not a great growing year, but it wasn't poor either (just not as grand as 03 & 05). The 04 seems to have a touch more than one would want of Brettanomyces; leaving the nose meaty, mushroomy and lacking of fruit. The finish is off, the wine very tight up front and falling apart on the tail end (I suspect due to the Brett). We tasted through two of the '04, seems to be an overall flaw. Nevertheless, I'm biased in my love of the '03 Greysac. This wine is not completely flawed and if one is looking for an example of a left bank bordeaux, that's affordable in price with some unique Medoc qualities--it can be found here.
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(9/28/2010)
Banfi Col di Sasso 2006
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2011 vintage is available for: $9.99
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Some of the other reviewers are disappointed in the screw cap factor (you need to get over it). I think others are so used to oak, than when a wine lacks that quality, it's a disappointment. This wine is clean, slightly spicy, very soft and WONDERFUL with a variety of foods. Just taught a class with this wine and it was the favorite for many, edging out Cabs from more traditional regions, because of it's softer side. I have many vegetarian and vegan friends who try and find a cab that will pair with their lighter-style dinners. This is a perfect for that.
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(9/28/2010)
Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $14.99
this wine is indeed a good value. And like a lot of other good value's out there it's not particularly interesting. Pinot's under $20 are hard to find and usually lack a lot of interest. This is made in the more jammy style with lots of plum notes, classically mellow, and a very soft finish. for my own particular tastes I'd like to see more acid here with a leaner body (as that's what I prefer in my pinots), however if I could find any such thing under $10 I'd be shocked and amazed. Basically, this IS a very good value and there's no reason to nit-pick. It's tasty. Not flawed in any way. And a damn fine value.
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(9/28/2010)
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
Price: $22.00 $19.99
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This is bubbly at its best. Beautiful soft salmon color matched with a lovely strawberry/raspberry nose, tight bubbles and a dry, clean finish. A darling of a wine and wine.com has a great price on it!
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(9/27/2010)
Paringa Sparkling Shiraz 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $15.99
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Sparkling Shiraz is defiantly not for everyone (and I include myself in that category). However it IS interesting, different and fun. This is a very good example of a sparkling shiraz, not too sweet (some could almost be classified as dessert sweet), good bubbles and the price is hard to beat.
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(9/27/2010)
Bodegas Hijos de Juan Gil Juan Gil 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $18.29
I love this wine. I've had a few vintages of it and every time I take a sip I'm reminded what a nice wine this is--this might be one of my favorite vinatages. It's not quite as big and juicy, meaning its a bit more elegant on the finish (rare for the style in which it's made). Huge fruit notes--rich blue fruits (blackberries, cassis, black cherries) with nice tannins. Very tasty and always a star when served!
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(9/27/2010)
Bouvet Brut Rose Excellence
Price: $16.99
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Nothing fancy here; just a nice standard, dry bubbly. Very good with cheeses and lighter dishes.
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