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Old 12-07-2011, 07:01 PM   #141
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2005 Lan Reserva, Rioja

Roughly $18ish a bottle, and WOW.... this bottle washes down like it costs $50. Not a big bodied dry cab, but wow, for a Rioja, this is a pretty intense and mature wine. Amazing. If you can get it, try it.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:05 AM   #143
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Anyone still out there in the wine world??? lol

Came across a gem a couple months ago. Its a 90+ point rated cabernet for roughtly $13. Leese Fitch. Try it. I am going to buy a case or two and see how it lasts. It still has a pretty "new wine" sweetness to it which I'm not too thrilled about, however in due time, I'm sure that will subside. I always open it for at least a couple hours before I serve, it mellows a tad.

Also, if there are any 2009 Alexander Valley Vineyard Cabernets left, grab them. 2010's should be out primarily as of right now, but I just cracked an 09 open last week, and for $19, man, what a delicious wine.
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Anyone still out there in the wine world??? lol

Came across a gem a couple months ago. Its a 90+ point rated cabernet for roughtly $13. Leese Fitch. Try it. I am going to buy a case or two and see how it lasts. It still has a pretty "new wine" sweetness to it which I'm not too thrilled about, however in due time, I'm sure that will subside. I always open it for at least a couple hours before I serve, it mellows a tad.

Also, if there are any 2009 Alexander Valley Vineyard Cabernets left, grab them. 2010's should be out primarily as of right now, but I just cracked an 09 open last week, and for $19, man, what a delicious wine.
this... i had a SIMI landslide that was fan-fing-tastic at about $25.... i need to go back for more

Edit: guess it was a 08 but keep your eye out for a bottle at your supermarket...
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also i have to say check out a cab that orin swift does called mercury head (napa). my ideal cab
i had a 09 that was amazing


another of swifts that is on the list of my fav meritages... the prisoner
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:43 AM   #146
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this... i had a SIMI landslide that was fan-fing-tastic at about $25.... i need to go back for more

Edit: guess it was a 08 but keep your eye out for a bottle at your supermarket...
How is that compared to the normal Simi? I drink Simi (and Franciscan) on a somewhat regular basis now that i found a place that sells them for $16/$17 rather than the usual $22 (Simi) and $24 (Franciscan.)

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also i have to say check out a cab that orin swift does called mercury head (napa). my ideal cab
i had a 09 that was amazing


another of swifts that is on the list of my fav meritages... the prisoner
I need to find The Prisoner, heard some good things about that wine IIRC.
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I need to remember to hit the sticky tab on top... I'm always on my phone lol.

It really varies with the landslide since its from a small plot where the volcano created many soil mixtures and mico climates. The tannis where perfectly ripe for my taste and you could also pick up the oak tannin. I picked up a lot of cassis and BlackBerry with a tinge of coco and spice. Next bottle I go and buy will be a reg simi and ill try to compare....


I know a very vague description lol
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:52 AM   #148
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I started to like Tempranillos. My favorite nowadays is Campo Viejo's 2006 Reserva. Very smooth, and you can actually taste the grape rather than a gazillion other things.

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I started to like Tempranillos. My favorite nowadays is Campo Viejo's 2006 Reserva. Very smooth, and you can actually taste the grape rather than a gazillion other things.

Great bottle for cheap. Very drinkeable with a lot of dishes since it is a relatively easy going wine. I just had some this past week.

Rioja/Tempronillos are probably the best wine to get into when starting off, they are really delicious. Keep an eye out for the following

Bodegas Protos Crianza (or the Reserva if you don't mind dropping a little coin)
Manyana
Lan Crianza (the reserva is insanely good for $20, read top of the page)


In addition to these crianzas, I HIGHLY suggest you get your hands on any bottle from Ribero del Duero. Protos Reserva was my first and I never looked back, it is like the Nero d'Avola of Italy. Bottles will range from mid-high teens all the way up to $50-$60, however even with the cheap ones, I have yet to have a bad bottle.

What an amazing region for wines... thus far my favorite, and that included liking it more than Alexander Valley and southern Rhone wines, two staples of mine.
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Oh and if I may add, this isn't a bottle that is too hard to find, but now that the nice weather is here, you can't go wrong with either of the two

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and surprisingly as well, their Pinot Noir. Both scored upper 80's respectively, and for a $14 bottle (especially the Pinot Noir) that is pretty impressive. Most Pinot Noir's I have that are <$20 are GARBAGE.
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Is a soft cork the sign of a problem? We opened what's supposed to be a great bottle of cab tonight (Pina Napa Valley 2009, Wolff Vineyard) and it's nowhere near as smooth as expected. My dad bought it and a guy at the store told him it was better than Caymus. Granted, it's good, but nowhere near as good as Caymus. Anyway, the cork is abnormally soft and I'm wondering if air got in and tainted the flavor; the color is a little off too, more amber color than I'm used to seeing in a young-ish wine.
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The amber-ish color usually happens with age, so given that fact that it is only a couple years, yea I'd say that cork had some issues with it. In the last 10 years or so I've only had one corked wine, so it isn't common but it does happen.
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New wines that I have been purchasing

Monticello Crianza - $7 at BJ's (similar to Costco)... good wine, a little sweet/heavy for a tempranillo. (For $1 more I have been getting Campo Viejo instead, best bottle possible for $7.99.)
Silver Palm Cabernet 2011 - Big on the fruit up front, nice deep cherry/blackberry flavor up front, tannins are suprisingly very mature for that wine. Dryness and flavor lingers nicely in the mouth. $22ish
Markham Sauvignon Blanc - nope... stick to merlot and cabernets... this can't touch Kim Crawford, pass. Way too acidic for my liking.
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Yellow or orange label campo vijeo for 7.99? If orange, send me a case lol!
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aha no not the orange, the yellow. The orange can be had for $13ish, and the gran reserva (light tan?) is around $22.... both amazing bottles, however Lan Reserva and Gran Reserva blow Campo out of the water
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Great thread, I just got through reading all of it and have jotted down some recommendations. I started getting into wine a few years ago and I know a little bit but am always looking to expand my knowledge.

I live in VA and the wine here can definitely be a crap shoot, but the top dog in the area for the last few years now is the Barboursville Vineyards. Their signature wine is called The Octagon (~$50 per bottle) but it is worth a try at least once.

https://dmwineline.wordpress.com/201...-2009-octagon/
https://www.bbvwine.com/wine-shop/octagon

As far as celebrity wines go, I recently saw that Drew Bledsoe is now running a legit winery in Washington called Doubleback that is supposed to be top notch. From the website it looks like they only make a Cab Sav and it runs $89, but I'd like to try it at least once.

http://doubleback.com/
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I uncorked a 2009 Honig tonight, it's been chilling in a cool closet the past two years and I've rotated it a couple times. The flavor isn't bad but it's very boozy, when I smelled it right out of the bottle all I got was alcohol. What happened to it?

edit: It tastes much better a day later. I guess it just needed time to breathe a little.
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I uncorked a 2009 Honig tonight, it's been chilling in a cool closet the past two years and I've rotated it a couple times. The flavor isn't bad but it's very boozy, when I smelled it right out of the bottle all I got was alcohol. What happened to it?

edit: It tastes much better a day later. I guess it just needed time to breathe a little.
Price?

I wish this thread would pick back up.
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Just saw this thread.

JJ, any recommendations for Merlots? I have my go-to Merlots but would like to expand my preferences.
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Price?

I wish this thread would pick back up.
If thread gets more action, I'll be more than happy to contribute keeping it alive I can talk wine all day long

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JJ, any recommendations for Merlots? I have my go-to Merlots but would like to expand my preferences.
Yessir.

Leese Fitch - I mentioned their cab in this thread a while back, however, I actually like the merlot better. Less fruit forward, better tannins, much more mature wine than the fruity cab. Can be had for $8-$9.

Markham - Bit more expensive at $20ish.... best thing to do is buy it and figure out whether or not its worth the price for you. I'd be surprised if you think not

Not a merlot, but when I don't have a big cab, I'll sometimes go with Cusumano Nero d'Avola. Another wine mentioned in the past in this thread if memory serves me correctly. Yep, still drinking it
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