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(9/24/2010)
Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $16.79
Consistently good throughout the vintages I've tasted, this falanghina is a prime example of 'other whites' from Italy--especially Southern Italy which tends to not get the attention it deserves for good, low-cost wines.
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(9/23/2010)
St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $19.99
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I'll admit that I'm a huge fan of riesling so I'm a bit biased towards the grape in general. However, when I first met St. Urbans-Hof as a wine buyer, I loved it immediately: beautiful apricot balanced by that awesome slate quality. But I was unwilling to purchase it from the distributor saying "We have too many high end riesling". I should've looked at the label to see that it was a QbA. When the distributor told me it retailed for under $20, we bought five cases and sold out immediately. Each vintage since has been a pleasure to drink.
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(9/23/2010)
Brampton Shiraz 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $14.99
This wine is rich with plum and black cherry notes--but has that smokey South African hint. A great value and a great wine. It's as easy as that.
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(9/23/2010)
Patrick Bottex Bugey Cerdon Rose La Cueille
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $22.99
This can probably best be described as 'grandma wine'. Light, slightly sweet, sparkly--kind of like a wine spritzer. BUT, so much better than any wine spritzer I've had, and much better than the Strawberry Fields you may be thinking of...more along the lines of an Italian Brachetto. A desert wine, or a wine to have for brunch or an early afternoon tea. Ideally served with cheeses, lots of fruit and some sweet treats of chocolate, tarts and cakes.
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(9/22/2010)
Undone Pinot Noir 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $14.00
As everyone knows, Pinot Noir is all the rage. Therefore when you stumble across a Pinot that's under $20, you have to question the quality (too much pinot is being made, and it being a fickle grape the wines are often poor). This, however is very very tasty. Unoaked, uncomplicated, clean with lots of nice cherry flavors--just a really good, solid wine. In a way, it's the perfect table, red wine...would go with many foods (especially if one decides to chill it a bit--could pair just fine with very light dishes meats/and seafood). Great value. Fun label. German. What more could one want?
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(9/20/2010)
Mouton-Cadet Blanc 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $11.99
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This is a $10 bottle of massed-produced white Bordeaux and it tastes like one might expect; white table wine. Good news it'll go with anything. The bad news? It's fairly uninteresting with a flabby finish. The cat-pee notes are also heightened as the wine ages while the fruit notes seem to disappear.
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(9/19/2010)
Allegrini Amarone 2004
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2009 vintage is available for: $76.99
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I dislike giving wines close to $100 a good review, because that's a lot of money. And I don't have a $100 to drop on wine out of the blue. But this is a beautiful amarone; dried cherry and figs, big chewy and delicious. I heard someone describe it as 'hot tube wine', and while I'm not a fan of hot tubs, I know exactly what they meant. And there really is no better description.
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(9/18/2010)
Bodegas Berroja Berroia Txakoli 2008
(this vintage is sold out)
The 2012 vintage is available for: $19.99
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Txakoli is amazing, it really is. It's slightly fizzy but it doesn't fall apart like a lot of other white wines that are made in this style. One does not NEED to serve it ice cold--but it's quite nice that way. Great minerality matched with very pretty floral notes. Super good with light foods--especially fresh (and raw) seafood. However, while i"m obviously a fan this particular txakoli, recently drunk, is past it's prime. Nothing 'off' about it, but the special sparkle is gone. I'd avoid buying this vintage past this date (Mid March 2010) and look for a younger txakoli.
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(9/17/2010)
Cova dels Vins Ombra 2005
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $15.49
This wine was probably great upon its release. And for a few years after that--now? The fruit is gone and the finish is very musty. Had two bottles, one was flawed (corked) the other was overly musty and seemed to be touched by brett. Seems like it's time has passed--best way to describe it? Dirty.
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(9/17/2010)
Ercavio Mas Que Vinos Roble 2007
(this vintage is sold out)
Price: $11.79
This is a pretty 'big' wine...lots of rich, chewy fruit (blackberry jam) with pretty intense tannins that fall away fairly quickly. Good wine, great value. Not complex...and a bit TOO big for my personal liking.
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