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The Official Wine Thread

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

  1. Dragon

    Dragon Well-Known Member

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    tonight was a nero d'alvola. Usually a top pick for a great weekday wine, the choice is made easier by having a Sicilian girlfriend here.

    Unfortunately, this wine didn't seem very Italian. Huge berry jam on the nose, but not much else. Same thing on the palate, it just didn't have that "it" factor for Italian reds, no terroire. Just some fruit and then a weak finish. A shame, first so-so bottle of nero d'alvola I've had in a long time.

    The caponata, however, was splendid.


    +1 on the nero d`avola recommendation. For extremely reasonably priced Shiraz type wines, I really like these wines from Sicily. Much better and cheaper than Australia and California.
     
  2. killua

    killua Well-Known Member

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    My favourite CAD$20.00 Shiraz anywhere is

    Only three dollars more and in a different universe than their entry level Koonunga Shiraz (a fruit bomb with no character).


    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind when I'm next in need of a quick R2D purchase.


    On another note, does anyone have experience with Tempranillo wines from Spain? I've had a pretty good experience picking random ones at Spanish restaurants lately, and I wouldn't mind buying a few for storing at home.
     
  3. audiophilia

    audiophilia Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind when I'm next in need of a quick R2D purchase.


    On another note, does anyone have experience with Tempranillo wines from Spain? I've had a pretty good experience picking random ones at Spanish restaurants lately, and I wouldn't mind buying a few for storing at home.


    Tasted this earlier in the month. Was delicious. US$40.00

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    Less success with this one, but maybe I was not in the mood. Gets great reviews with my friends.

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    A guest bought a Rioja to one of our dinner parties. I remember the name Bourdin. But I can't find it or remember anything else about it. It's CAD$27.00 at the LCBO. It was excellent! I'll see if I can find it today and report back to the thread.
     
  4. Spatlese

    Spatlese Well-Known Member

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    Picked this up in 2006 (not my image, no camera handy) based on a Parker review. I usually don't do that, but got caught up in the Bordeaux release that year. Won't be touching it for a while, so wondering if anyone has experience with this estate / wine?

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  5. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    that is a second growth St. Julien, some very serious juice right there. Set that aside for 10 years before you open it or let it go a full 20 and see the awesome within.
     
  6. killua

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    Less success with this one, but maybe I was not in the mood. Gets great reviews with my friends.

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    This one is on the wine list at my favourite Spanish restaurant, at $110. Could give it a go if I'm in the mood.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    imo, rhys is making the best burgundian styled pinot in the US:
    http://www.rhysvineyards.com/


    Will check out. That rec you gave on BV Rutherford last year, was spot on.
     
  8. Spatlese

    Spatlese Well-Known Member

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    that is a second growth St. Julien, some very serious juice right there. Set that aside for 10 years before you open it or let it go a full 20 and see the awesome within.

    Cool, thanks. Tried another 2003 recently (Bellevue) that I picked up as at the same time as the Leoville...and I won't make the same mistake again consuming so soon.
     
  9. gomestar

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    Cool, thanks. Tried another 2003 recently (Bellevue) that I picked up as at the same time as the Leoville...and I won't make the same mistake again consuming so soon.

    oof, the Bellevue-Mondotte??? That is a glorious St. Emillion and the 2003 I've heard is absolutely stunning. That baby needs some time, or a day in the decanter to give you a slight preview of what might be ahead.
     
  10. Spatlese

    Spatlese Well-Known Member

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    oof, the Bellevue-Mondotte??? That is a glorious St. Emillion and the 2003 I've heard is absolutely stunning. That baby needs some time, or a day in the decanter to give you a slight preview of what might be ahead.

    Haha...I wish. No, it was this just one:

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  11. Dragon

    Dragon Well-Known Member

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    Picked this up in 2006 (not my image, no camera handy) based on a Parker review. I usually don't do that, but got caught up in the Bordeaux release that year. Won't be touching it for a while, so wondering if anyone has experience with this estate / wine?

    [​IMG]


    very good wine. When I first started drinking wines I had a bottle of the 1995, but it was really early to drink. Still, Towards the 2nd half of the bottle it opened up nicely and became very complex.
     
  12. audiophilia

    audiophilia Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] I've mentioned the Maysara before. Outstanding. best Oregon Pinot I've had. Unfiltered, so be careful decanting. The Guigal was okay. Needed a decant, but my guest insisted not. Okee dokee. 85/100
     
  13. audiophilia

    audiophilia Well-Known Member

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    70% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 10% Petite Syrah, 2% Mataro. Got this on sale this afternoon from the LCBO. (looked all over the damn place for just one of Pands! Nothing. Damn socialism [​IMG] The Ridge was CAD$41.00, $10 off. Just watched the Vainertwat review last night with Jancis. They both loved it and were spot on. 30 minute decant. Needs more. Couldn't wait! [​IMG] Were supposed to head down to a nice afternoon stroll and evening tasting at Reds Bistro but another frigging rainstorm put that to bed. We decided to do other things! Grabbed some nice cheese and just finished this unique Zin. Great fruit. Balanced and sophisticated. Excellent mid pallate but one of the best end runs ever. Very unique. Not sure what it was, but I loved it. 91/100 [​IMG]
     
  14. binge

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    I had the same Ridge just a few days ago...Tuesday IIRC. I too should have decanted mine longer.
     
  15. audiophilia

    audiophilia Well-Known Member

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    I had the same Ridge just a few days ago...Tuesday IIRC. I too should have decanted mine longer.

    Did you like it?
     
  16. binge

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    I did, but it didn't bowl me over. I've had the strangest run of reds recently. With the cooler weather this past week I switched from my warm-weather diet of SB and Chard and grabbed a few different reds: PN, Zin, and an Italian of some sort or another. Both the PN and Zin (the Ridge) were ones I've had before and liked, but this time around I was not as pleased as I remembered.

    Maybe I didn't decant long enough, didn't pair well enough, or maybe it was the setting, time of day, phase of the moon, or my own fickleness (most likely that). In any case, it's as if there's a taste I desire, I just lack the ability to describe it such that I can match it. One of these days I'll find it and know: oh yeah, that's it.
     
  17. audiophilia

    audiophilia Well-Known Member

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    LOL!!

    The damn liquid can taste different every sip!!
     
  18. PandArts

    PandArts Well-Known Member

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    last night I hopped across the Pyrenees once again with a nice little Minervios. Tonight, I'm kicking it in White Bluffs, Columbia Valley Washington with a tastey little cab-merlot. I'll have pics and notes coming soon.

    I also want to weigh in on the Tempranillo question but I need some time to organzie my throughts.

    Hope all are having a wonderful wine filled weekend.

    Raising a glass to you all...cheers!
     
  19. GrillinFool

    GrillinFool Well-Known Member

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    Make a difference?

    I use Spiegelau exclusively. Good price compared to Reidel. Have Bordeaux, Burgundy and Port glasses. Our guests seem to like them very much. Great feel and look fabuous. And the bell sound on 'cheers' is lovely.

    FYI, I do not like the stemless wine glasses. [​IMG]

    Spiegelau Authentis Burgundy

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    My fave wine glass is this one. The only downside is not being able to put them in the dishwasher.

    And the stemless glasses are friggin ridiculous. One of the Reidel kids came up with the idea and it has gone nuts. The whole point of the stem is to keep the heat of your hands from raising the temp of the wine in the glass. Those stemless glasses are not wine glasses. They are cups.

    I'll add a few of my faves and all under $20

    Marquis Phillips Sarah's Blend Shiraz:

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    Pillar Box Red at about $11:

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    John Taylor Pinot Noir:

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    This one may be over $20 and the pic is dark but it is DIVINE - Schild Estate Barossa Shiraz

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  20. audiophilia

    audiophilia Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the recs. Cheers...
     

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