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Vange
11-21-2008, 07:44
So, as mentioned it in a previous thread started by Tim we need a place to discuss wine suggestions. Let's see if we can keep this one alive.

No real criteria to follow, but let's try and keep it in the bargain region to start.

I can start with a few.

$12
Juan Gil 2005 or 2006
(A really nice red from Spain. I have a case and serve to guests. Most love it as do I for the price)

$18
Markham Petite Sirah 2002
(the grape with a small name and HUGE taste)

Sijan
11-24-2008, 13:49
Here are a few that come to mind:

Borsao ($6-8ish) - the basic red Grenache from Bodegas Borsao, very drinkable, 2006 vintage has scores averaging 84.7 pts on CellarTracker (which tends to score low)

Roncier Rouge NV ($6-8ish) - very pleasant and drinkable everyday Pinot Noir that is declassified Burgundy stock, averaging 86.8 pts in CellarTracker. I have probably bought a half case to a case over the past few years. Cheap enough that you don't even have to think about opening it with a meal.

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet ($8-10ish) - excellent Aussie red, the 2006 just got 91 pts from Wine Advocate. Discovered this a few years ago and liked it then. Still like it.

Montebuena Rioja 2004 ($8-10) - this was a great little food-friendly red. Not really very typical of a rioja, but a very light-bodied drinkable red for the money. 86 pt avg on CellarTracker. I bought about a half case of this and had planned to get another case before my store sold out of it. It is getting marked up to the $12-15 range at Total Wine, which takes away from the bargain aspect.

Freixenet or Cristalino Brut ($6-8) - good cheap Cava (Spanish sparkling wine). We've gone through many bottles of regular Freixenet Brut, but I was able to find a great deal on the 2000 vintage of the Freixenet Brut Nature and bought almost a case of it so we've been drinking them instead.

Dr. Loosen Dr. L ($10-12) - very good German QBA riesling from a very good producer, generally scores in the 88-90 range when rated by wine critics. A default, go-to riesling for us. We've purchased a half case to a case over the past year. There are quite a few other German QBA riesling values, but this is the first one that comes to mind. Reichsgraff von Kesselstat's RK is another good value QBA riesling in the same price range.

Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($12ish?) - very good value Napa Cab, medium bodied and very drinkable now

Chateau d'Or Et Gueles 2003 ($10-15) - this French red Rhone-style wine from the Costieries De Nimes (just Southwest of Rhone Valley) is a fantastic value - was one of the best wines we tasted last year at a wine tasting at the French Embassy, and most were far more expensive. Nice dark cherry notes. Averaging 88.9 pts on CellarTracker. We got two cases of this to drink and to give to friends.

Moscato d'Asti (many brands, prices vary from $10-15ish) - have never had one I don't like and they all seem pretty similar. A delicious semi-sweet, semi-sparkling white wine with lots of harvest fruit notes. We drink a lot of this.

Rabbit Ridge Cabernet Paso Robles 2005 ($15ish) - outstanding Cabernet for the money. full-bodied, rich, oaky, intense. tastes like it costs at least twice as much. Picked up a half case of this.

Can Blau Montsant 2006 ($15ish) - great Spanish red, with lots of tart cherry/berry flavors, smooth tannins, very drinkable. benefits from aeration. CellarTracker averages 89.1 pts. WA gave this 92 pts. Picked up a half case of this.

Anything by Concha y Toro bottled under the Marques de Casa Concha label ($15-20ish) - take advantage of underpriced Chilean wines!

Roederer Estate Brut ($15-20ish) - a great California sparkling wine that blows away everything in its price range and is better than many NV champagnes that cost $15-20 more. We've had quite a few of these over the past few years.

pepcycle
11-24-2008, 14:07
My most recent compulsion is for a Sicilian wine called Nero D'Avola.
It reminds me of Shiraz.
Judicious use of wood, fruity nose and dry finish.
Several brands available in the $8 to $12 range that are very approachable and stand up amazingly well to hearty foods, like stews, braised meats and roasted game.

Try one.

Sijan
11-26-2008, 07:55
I'm not sure if it's available to those who aren't subscribers, but Wine Spectator has a Value Wine Finder feature on their website that pulls up the highest rated wines from the past 6 months, sorted by price range and/or type of wine. Here's the link: http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Free/Value_Wines/Value_Finder/0,3793,,00.html

Their top value among the under $15 wines is a 92 pt SuperTuscan blend for $12 :VILLA PILLO Toscana borgoforte 2006 (http://wines.winespectator.com/wine/detail/note_id/247237)

Another notable value that we recently purchased a case of because we found it at an even better than advertised price (and we go through a lot of riesling) is the LEASINGHAM Riesling clare valley magnus 2007 (http://wines.winespectator.com/wine/detail/note_id/251206)

Vange
11-26-2008, 08:28
Great stuff so far! After a few months we can compile a nice list by grape varietal of all these suggestions to make it easier to see in one post rather than a long thread.

Some comments:

I 2nd the opinion on the following wines:

Dr. Loosen Dr. L ($10-12)

Can Blau Montsant 2006 ($15ish)

Nero D'Avola based wines
The one I really liked and is $14 or so is Morgante Nero D'avola. Great value Italian red.

Concha y Toro - As we are seeing they are making WS top 100, prices will rise.

swampguy
11-26-2008, 09:33
I have several that I am drinking now as my weeknight wines:
Lindemans Bin 99 Pinot Noir $6.99
Night Harvest Cabernet NV $3.99 don't let the price scare you. It is so popular that I am on a email list to alert me when it is in
Alamos Malbec 2007 $9.99
Trevor Jones "Jonesy" Port $8.99

Keep drinking, Smitty

Vange
11-26-2008, 10:42
A really nice Argentinian wine is 'Amancaya' its a blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon for about $15. One of my favorites at that price range.

TomH
11-26-2008, 11:48
With the holidays coming up, I just stocked up on some more my "house" sparkling...Gruet. I like both the Brut and the Rose and at $15/bottle it is a real value IMHO.

Tom

Sijan
11-26-2008, 12:18
With the holidays coming up, I just stocked up on some more my "house" sparkling...Gruet. I like both the Brut and the Rose and at $15/bottle it is a real value IMHO.

Tom

I also like Gruet quite a bit. When they are the same price, I'll take the Roederer Estate, but sometimes Gruet is $5 or so cheaper and that makes it a tougher choice.

Sijan
12-01-2008, 12:20
Found another cheap red wine I really like over the weekend.

Poesia Pasodoble 2005 from Argentina. Wine Advocate gave it 90 pts. Here's the basic info from WA: "The 2005 Pasodoble is a blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Malbec, and 33% Syrah sourced from a 20 year old vineyard and aged for 12 months in French oak."

I would also give it 90 pts. It has as a lovely fruity/oaky nose, that follows through with cherry and dark berries on the palate. It will appeal to hedonists and those who sometimes enjoy a good Australian shiraz, but think Aussie vintners sometimes veer too far over the top in creating fruit/oak bombs. This one gets the balance just right.

It most commonly sells for around $12-15, although Wine Searcher (http://http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-select.lml) reveals that JJ Buckley Fine Wines has it on sale for $9/bottle (http://www.jjbuckley.com/2005-Poesia-Pasodoble-Proprietary-Blend/p~2005~8734~750~f~ws). We ordered a case last night.

http://images.winecommune.com/lotImage/331997090.jpg

Vange
12-01-2008, 12:27
Dan,

This is funny, I was about to suggest another great site for checking out wine ratings by the public rather than critics. That site is www.cellartracker.com

So, I proceed to do search for your latest recommendation and the 05 gets a 87.2. Pretty good as CT tends to be a few pts lower than most critics. There are so many cynics and purists out there. What else do I find is your rating for it right at the top as being the last person to rate this wine.
Very cool! Glad to see there are other using CT.

Sijan
12-01-2008, 12:30
My most recent compulsion is for a Sicilian wine called Nero D'Avola.
It reminds me of Shiraz.
Judicious use of wood, fruity nose and dry finish.
Several brands available in the $8 to $12 range that are very approachable and stand up amazingly well to hearty foods, like stews, braised meats and roasted game.

Try one.

I just got an email offer from Wine Exchange, www.winex.com (http://www.winex.com), a great wine merchant that I order from frequently. (I have no affiliation other than as a satisfied customer.) The subject of this email was a pair of Nero d'Avola wines. To wit:

Dueling Nero d'Avola value plays from Sicily...

Another day, another indigenous Sicilian grape variety starting to show its full potential. We've been closely monitoring Sicily's native Nero d'Avola movement for quite some time and nowadays feel really comfortable recommending Sicilian wines, in particular these two recent, stellar performances.

Morgante, established as a winemaking operation in 1994, has finally come into its own with their 2006 Nero d'Avola, crafted by Riccardo Cotarella. Colosi, on the other hand, has quickly established itself as one of the got-to's in Sicilian wine with their back-to-back 90 point Wine Advocate performances, culminating in this delightful, juicy 2007 Nero. These are drinkin' wines people, so if you drink wine (like we do), you may want to consider grabbing a case or two. At these prices it's almost like stealing...


Here are the two wines they are featuring:

COLOSI 2007 NERO D'AVOLA
score: WA 90
add to cart $11.99 (http://gsc15.com/cgi-bin/log_click.pl?gl_sub=717919&gl_shid=1897&mode=DOENC&log=__LAST_ID__&link_clicked=53616c7465645f5f4dacc116601a555c9b197 8ef8d3871ab82cf88bcbc84336d5a444c76ff3b4f0fe14e033 a4bb14d76600127e0f230df30)add a case $143.88 (http://gsc15.com/cgi-bin/log_click.pl?gl_sub=717919&gl_shid=1897&mode=DOENC&log=__LAST_ID__&link_clicked=53616c7465645f5fcf40e0b9bf36051ac7934 fe31ca92040cd6627f372be12effa33d5ceee55f1ce40ba2ef 0f71a593deb5148b0cd37e80b)

MORGANTE 2006 NERO D'AVOLA
score: WS 90
add to cart $13.99 (http://gsc15.com/cgi-bin/log_click.pl?gl_sub=717919&gl_shid=1897&mode=DOENC&log=__LAST_ID__&link_clicked=53616c7465645f5f9b7dec4fd39001a64c633 9fb627f4eb914969fbe3839e78085fb9686911e6a00d959073 1bf813fc3c6b1f133164d434e)add a case $167.88 (http://gsc15.com/cgi-bin/log_click.pl?gl_sub=717919&gl_shid=1897&mode=DOENC&log=__LAST_ID__&link_clicked=53616c7465645f5f7a44f19e7208b21043cab 0d576d618f5a184de4e82d61ee94cb053b1c2faa3166e85bc3 183076f2ccdb7ea624add9840)

Vange
12-01-2008, 12:31
With my excitement about CT, I forgot to mention www.wine-searcher.com as another great site you mentioned in your post.

Sijan
12-01-2008, 12:46
Dan,

This is funny, I was about to suggest another great site for checking out wine ratings by the public rather than critics. That site is www.cellartracker.com (http://www.cellartracker.com)

So, I proceed to do search for your latest recommendation and the 05 gets a 87.2. Pretty good as CT tends to be a few pts lower than most critics. There are so many cynics and purists out there. What else do I find is your rating for it right at the top as being the last person to rate this wine.
Very cool! Glad to see there are other using CT.

Yes, I love CellarTracker. Don't know how I managed my cellar without it. Just wish there was something similar for whiskey...

Sijan
12-01-2008, 12:48
With my excitement about CT, I forgot to mention www.wine-searcher.com (http://www.wine-searcher.com) as another great site you mentioned in your post.

I agree, and I think it is well worth it to upgrade to the Pro version, where you get to view all of the merchants (and get improved search tools) and sometime find either lower prices or places nearby that are carrying.

Something that most probably don't realize about WineSearcher (even the free version) is that it generally indexes ALL of the wine & spirits stock at a participating store, including whiskey.

pepcycle
12-01-2008, 14:41
Thanks Sijan

The Colosi is the one I've been drinking most recently.

I tasted it at a store tasting and bought one.

Went back and bought two.

I then found it in Albany for $12.99 and bought a half case.

I hope I get over this soon.

Primitivo is also calling my name.

Skunk
12-01-2008, 22:53
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet ($8-10ish) - excellent Aussie red, the 2006 just got 91 pts from Wine Advocate. Discovered this a few years ago and liked it then. Still like it.

I remembered your post on T-giving day when I saw someone buying Penfolds, so I grabbed a bottle of this instead of our 'usual'. Not sure of the vintage but we got it from the grocery so I assume 06 or later. To make a long story short- we didn't like it much. Maybe it was the time of day, or a particular bottle, but I'd rate it in the low 80's.

Our usual grocery store wine is a $5 Chilean Cab by Walnut Crest, which isn't a 91 either but is at least priced accordingly. In the Koonunga Hill price range ($8-9), one that pushes the 90's IMO, is the latest vintage (2006?) Coppola Rosso Shiraz (the one with stars on the cork foil).

Vange
12-02-2008, 07:49
I remembered your post on T-giving day when I saw someone buying Penfolds, so I grabbed a bottle of this instead of our 'usual'. Not sure of the vintage but we got it from the grocery so I assume 06 or later. To make a long story short- we didn't like it much. Maybe it was the time of day, or a particular bottle, but I'd rate it in the low 80's.


Was it that exact Penfolds (Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet)? There are lots of Penfolds wines out there and it gets confusing. Honestly, I am not a huge fan of the less expensive Penfolds. Too many green pepper flavors in the wine for me.

Skunk
12-02-2008, 08:10
Yeah it was definately the PKH Shiraz/Cab, but not positive of vintage. We may have to try it again under different circumstances to be sure. It reminded me a little of the Lindemanns Bin 50 Shiraz, also highly rated IIRC, which I don't care much for either.

Vange
12-02-2008, 08:56
I guess one of the areas I have been greatly disappointed in is the inexpensive shirazes from Australia. The Henrys Drive was one I also recently tried and was not happy with, but gets great reviews. On the other hand, I really like Mollydooker reds (The ones that are sub $30) which is sinful in some people's eyes.

Wine is very subjective. The styles are all over the place: New world, Old world, fruit bomb, over oaked, unoaked, overaged, high tannins, high acidity, etc. It really does depend on your tastes.

To stay true to the thread, I cracked open my 3rd 2005 Bordeaux this weekend. It was a Château Roc de Pourret. About $18. I absolutely LOVED it. I had it with 3 great hard cheeses. So far the 2005 Boredeaux are really living up to the hype in their flavors.

Here is what CT members said about it also.

http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=Notes&szSearch=roc+de+pourret

Sijan
12-02-2008, 21:16
I remembered your post on T-giving day when I saw someone buying Penfolds, so I grabbed a bottle of this instead of our 'usual'. Not sure of the vintage but we got it from the grocery so I assume 06 or later. To make a long story short- we didn't like it much. Maybe it was the time of day, or a particular bottle, but I'd rate it in the low 80's.

Our usual grocery store wine is a $5 Chilean Cab by Walnut Crest, which isn't a 91 either but is at least priced accordingly. In the Koonunga Hill price range ($8-9), one that pushes the 90's IMO, is the latest vintage (2006?) Coppola Rosso Shiraz (the one with stars on the cork foil).

Sorry you didn't like it. I wouldn't worry too much about how critics (or I) rate the wine if you aren't partial to it. Tastes vary greatly.

Skunk
12-02-2008, 23:03
Sorry you didn't like it. I wouldn't worry too much about how critics (or I) rate the wine if you aren't partial to it. Tastes vary greatly.

That's ok. Sorry I forgot to mention thanks for the list. I will look for the Rhone-style you recommended next time, but have a feeling I might not find an o3. And the Poesia Pasodoble looks good. I'd try anything on your list that's red though, if I see it, so thanks again.

Also might have to splurge on the Château Roc de Pourret, but I haven't been lucky enough to buy a <$20 Bordeaux that bowled me over (not that I've tried many). Maybe they're just more 'challenging' than e.g. a $20 Napa Cab.

Sijan
12-03-2008, 13:30
That's ok. Sorry I forgot to mention thanks for the list.

You're welcome. The Penfolds Koonunga Hills Shiraz-Cabernet is a good cheap wine, but I wouldn't stake my reputation on it. It may be subject to a fair amount of bottle-to-bottle variation, for one thing.




I will look for the Rhone-style you recommended next time, but have a feeling I might not find an o3. And the Poesia Pasodoble looks good. I'd try anything on your list that's red though, if I see it, so thanks again.


Now this is a wine I would stake my reputation on.

I have recently seen the 2003 Chateau d'Or et de Gueules still sitting on a few store shelves around here, although not too many places still carry it. It is a Robert Kacher selection, so no surprise that there is more of it floating around here (he is a DC-area importer).

Here is more info on it: http://www.pjwine.com/html/wow_07_08_13.html

And here is an article in the April 2008 Decanter on the Costieres de Nimes region that mentions the winery and gives 4 stars to one of its prestige cuvees:
http://www.robertkacherselections.com/clients/wine/in_the_news-1211224795-DecanterApril08.pdf

I wasn't aware of this 'til today, but Wine Advocate gave it 91 pts (http://www.toastwines.com/201800):

Wine Advocate Diane de Puymorin purchased (and renamed) this property in 1998 and is generating wines of amazing richness and complexity for a relative pittance. Her phenomenally fine value 2003 Costieres de Nimes (tank-raised, half Syrah and rest evenly split between Carignan and Grenache) rushes from the rim of the glass in sweetly-fruited, smoky, gamey, pungently-herbal aromatic profusion. Lapsang tea, iodine, cherry pits and crushed stone all add complexity to an intensely ripe base of plum and cherry preserves. Silken in texture, this finishes with formidable length and a freshness and fluidity that utterly belie its roughly 15&#37; alcohol. Score: 91. —David Schildknecht, October 2007.


Also just found that Wine & Spirits apparently also gave it a 90 (http://www.gourmetwc.com/wine.asp?country=2&countryname=France&region=221&regionname=Costieres%20de%20Nimes&wine=728).

Produced by an enthusiastic farmer with different ideas on leaf pulling and pruning, this wine is picked earlier and has tremendous power and fruit. Jammy black berry fruit on the nose with some spice really hits the mark here. The palate is full of spice and intense flavor. Let it breathe and you will overwhelmed with the flavor, power and delight of this wine. Super stuff to really sink your teeth into. 90 Wines & Spirits


Food & Wine also chose it as one of their "Best Wines of 2007"
http://www.robertkacherselections.com/clients/wine/in_the_news-1196702438-11-30-7%20Food%20and%20Wine%20-%20Best%20Wines%20of%202007%20-%20Or%20et%20Gueules.pdf

Their original review is here:
http://www.robertkacherselections.com/clients/wine/in_the_news-1188399890-Food%20and%20Wine%20com%205%2011.pdf


This site (http://winehousesf.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/gold-red-wine/) says the 2005 vintage is very good and even better than the 2003.

This is the label you're looking for:
http://www.cellartracker.com/labels/35849.jpg

Vange
12-05-2008, 10:58
I had this wine recently from the Ventoux region of France and really loved it for $10

Chateau Pesquie La Paradou
a blend of syrah and grenache

Having a tough time finding more though..

Sijan
12-06-2008, 14:37
I had this wine recently from the Ventoux region of France and really loved it for $10

Chateau Pesquie La Paradou
a blend of syrah and grenache

Having a tough time finding more though..

How is this wine listed on CellarTracker? I see plenty of Chateau Pesquie (http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?fInStock=0&Table=List&iUserOverride=0&szSearch=Chateau+Pesquie), but I'm not finding a "La Paradou" bottling.

Is it this?
2007 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Grenache/Syrah (http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=518497)

Or their Cotes du Rhone?

Vange
12-06-2008, 17:27
I think I screwed up, its from Luberon not Ventoux.
Its this bottling. I had the 06 I am pretty sure.
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=366280
Orange label.

The artemia, quintessence, and terrasses are all great as well. Terrasses is a bargain too while the other 2 are higher priced.

Vange
02-24-2009, 12:45
So...been dabbling in some zins lately as well as other stuff and figured I'd throw a few up that I had recently that come to mind....

Bucklin Bambino Old Vine zinfandel 2006 - retails about $24
FANTASTIC! Not easy to find, but so worth it. Special ordered a case of 12 to split with a friend. Elegance, vivacious red fruits, cedar, spice, vanilla, oak, its all in there. 92

Turley Pesenti Vineyard zinfandel - retails about $50
HUGE HUGE wine 16&#37; abv. Did I say this wine was huge yet??? Strong, bold, lots of dark fruit flavors like raspberries, if you want a wine that needs decanting this is it, let it breathe! This is top notch zin, but needs robust food like steak. It will run over fish, chicken, and pasta. 92

Mollydooker Two left Feet 2007 - shiraz blend - retails anywhere from $25-$30
Loved the 2006 Two Left Feet and the 05s got me into Mollydooker wines in general. This 16% abv is just too much for this wine. I had it over 2 days and the alcohol was still too overpowering even on day 2 after decanting it for hours. It is still good, just not as good as the 06. As with all Mollydooker wines big fruit forward taste, inky dark color that you cant see your fingers through the glass. 87

Vange
04-02-2009, 08:51
Over the past few years I have been in charge with bringing the wine to my parent's Easter holiday. After seeing magnums of Sutter Home Cab at all the past events, I had to get involved to up the level of wines offered to guests. Here is this year's list. I wont be bringing ALL of them, just most of them.


THE REDS

Juan Gil
A Spanish red wine from the Jumilla region made from mourvedre grapes. Honestly, EASILY one my favorite wine for under $15. The one wine I keep by the case.
Price: $12

Bodega Caro Amancaya
An Argentinian wine that is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec made by the powerhouse duo Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.
Price: $15

Morgante Nero D’Avola
A nice affordable Italian red made from the nero d’avola grapes.
Price: $13

Ravenswood Petite Sirah
Forget that the grape has the word petite in it, these grapes make wine that pack a punch and have enormous taste and are full bodied. This particular one is a good bargain, entry level petite sirah. Better than Bogle and some other less than $10 bottles I have tried.
Price: $9

Nederberg Pinotage
A South African wine made from a grape varietal that is a blend of pinot noir and cinsault. Most balk at this grape and think it cannot produce good wine. Sometimes they are right, this one is an exception.
Price: $10

Atteca Old Vines
A Spanish red wine made from Grenache grapes from older vines. Great price, great taste, nuff said.
Price: $13

Ex Libris Cabernet Sauvignon
A cab from Washington St. Napa and Sonoma cabs are great, but good ones tend to cost $20 if not $30 nowadays. Great quality at sub $20 prices can be found in Wash St.
Price: $18

Tait Ball Buster
Either the best or worst name for a wine EVER. One thing is for sure, this wine is not for the feint of heart as its big, bold, inky and everything Australia gets a reputation of being. Mostly shiraz with some cab and merlot thrown in. I loved this wine when it was $15, now it’s closer to $20. I still love it.
Price: $20

Taja Jumilla Reserve
Another Spanish red that consists of mourvedre, cab, tempronillo, and merlot. One of the better bargains out there for a well made wine.
Price: $11

Chateau Boucasse
Made from the highly tannic (mouthpuckering) tannat grape in the Madiran region of France. A different wine that is very dark (almost black) and dry. Almost flat tasting, but in a good way.
Price: $14

Worthy Sophie’s Cuvee
A winery owned by a Greek gentleman named Gus Kalaris. His 1st tier wine is called ‘Axios’, the Greek word for worthy. His 2nd tier wine he just named ‘Worthy’ and is a red blend of most likely cab, merlot, and maybe cab franc. I figured I’d make my parents proud and support this Greek gentleman’s dream and bring one to Easter. His 1st tier wine retails for $125 and is highly rated.
Price: $26

Katogi Averoff Purple Earth
In the same vein of being national and Greek, I decided I may bring this wine made from the 2 most popular Greek indigenous red grapes: Agiorgitiko (St George) and Xinomavro (translated to bitter black). I know nothing about this wine except that it is an interesting blend and I’d like to try it. 
Price: $19

Firestone Vineyard Reserve Santa Ynez Valley merlot
Oh my, did he just pick a merlot?? Yes, I did! Although I have never had this I expect it to taste fine and be enjoyable. The damn Hollywood movie Sideways ruined people’s opinion of merlot and increased the general population’s viewpoint of pinot noir. I am sure this isn’t news to anyone, but it is rather silly. A side note, one of the better wines I have had in the last 6 months was a merlot from Napa (the name escapes me now). Interesting tidbit, Chateau Petrus 2005 from Bordeax, France retails for $4000 a bottle and is 100&#37; merlot! While this doesn’t cost anything significant we should not shun merlot, well, not until we taste this wine at least and if it sucks, well, then we can shun it. ;)
Price: $19

Douro (no specific bottle picked yet)
I wanted to bring a Portugese red from the Douro region of Portugal as an example of great red wine at awesome value. Portugal is world reknown for its sweet Port wines and only in recent years is starting to gain recognition in its dry red wines.
Price: $15ish

THE WHITES

Hawk Crest Chardonnay
A 2nd label to the fantastic Stag’s Leap winey, this is a great middle of the road chard.
Price: $10

Pinot Grigio (no specific one yet)
One of my least favorite varietals as it is too dry and gives me major headaches while drinking them. I am sure someone will ask for one so I might as well have it available. I am sure there are good ones out there, but at this point my focus is reds and Cali Chards for my next article.
Price: $10

Jono
04-02-2009, 10:32
Great post...I will definitely look for some....especially the Spanish and Italian Reds. I printed the list off for taking with me on a trip to the liqour store.

Jono
04-07-2009, 13:29
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97DO5IG3&show_article=1

World wine consumption falls for 1st time in years

> Slight drop....down 0.8 percent.

I have not seen Brazilian wines...but it appears their acreage is increasing quite rapidly....not sure what elevations they are growing at...Chile and Argentina have Andean elevations.

http://www.stratsplace.com/maps/brazil.html

They appear to be coastal low elevation areas......it just does seem like
wine country.

http://www.chiff.com/wine/s-america/brazil.htm

"Brazil is not all rain forest, beaches and bossa nova - its sheer size extends down to more temperate climates far from the Equator, where the climate is cooler - and drier!

Here is where Italian immigrants began the modern-day wine growing industry in Brazil in the 1880's to grow the crop into a major industry.

Today, most vines continue to grow well below the tropical north and do best in what is now the largest growing region, the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state.

The main wineries are: Miolo, Casa Valduga and Cave do Amadeu, producing wine from European Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes. Learn more about Brazilian wines at top Web resources that tell the tale ..."

Sijan
04-14-2009, 21:33
I also really like the Juan Gil and the Morgante Nero d'Avola. Friend of mine buys a lot of the Juan Gil. WA recently gave the 2006 vintage 91 points.

Vange
04-15-2009, 06:25
I just finished my case of the 05, I will be buying a case of the 06.
As long as its on par with the 05 I will be happy.

OscarV
04-15-2009, 16:11
I had a very good wine last Saturday.
Le Roc des Anges 2002.
I grilled up some lamb rib-cutlets, made a Greek salad and some basmati rice.
It was a very warming wine and both the food and wine complemented each other.

I highly recommend it.

augustgarage
04-15-2009, 18:13
Today I'm having:

Koiné 2004 - an inexpensive ($7.99) dry red wine made in Puglia, Italy from Aglianico grapes. It is tart but this is balanced by an earthy quality that lingers on into the finish with a hint of something like wild mushrooms. Would pair well with a simple rustic meal.

Vange
06-12-2009, 07:51
The 06 Juan Gil is not as good as the 05 Juan Gil. Iit's still decent, just not as good.

Anyway, I did have a really nice wine recently. Numanthia Termes 2006 is a Spanish red made from tempranillo. I got it for $20, but it seems to go anywhere from 20-30.

dean_martin
06-12-2009, 10:49
For the past 2 years or so my wife and I have been on a wines of north Georgia kick. I know - it has surprised me too.

temps have been creeping into the 90s here so I was ready for a chilled white wine. Traminette from Crane Creek for me and my wife's favorite Persimmon Creek Riesling were very nice over the weekend.

other Georgia favorites we've found:
Reds
Touche from Frog Town
Propaganda from Frog Town
Instinct 2006 from Wolf Mountain

Whites
Inclination from Frog Town
Plenitude from Wolf Mountain

Sijan
07-27-2009, 10:38
Emily and I actually visited this winery on the slopes of Mont Ventoux in early June while on our honeymoon. We enjoyed all of the wines we tasted and brought back a bottle of the '06 Quintessence. I now have a half case of the '07 Les Terrasses on order from a local shop - can be had at very good prices right now and recently got a 90/91 pt rating from one of the major wine publications, I believe.


I think I screwed up, its from Luberon not Ventoux.
Its this bottling. I had the 06 I am pretty sure.
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=366280
Orange label.

The artemia, quintessence, and terrasses are all great as well. Terrasses is a bargain too while the other 2 are higher priced.

Sijan
07-27-2009, 10:41
I went to school at Berry College near Rome (and was just down there a few weekends ago) - tasted anything from around there?


For the past 2 years or so my wife and I have been on a wines of north Georgia kick. I know - it has surprised me too.

temps have been creeping into the 90s here so I was ready for a chilled white wine. Traminette from Crane Creek for me and my wife's favorite Persimmon Creek Riesling were very nice over the weekend.

other Georgia favorites we've found:
Reds
Touche from Frog Town
Propaganda from Frog Town
Instinct 2006 from Wolf Mountain

Whites
Inclination from Frog Town
Plenitude from Wolf Mountain

Sijan
07-27-2009, 10:50
As I posted in another thread, I have really been enjoying the Snoqualimie Riesling Winemaker's Select 2007, a very pleasant off-dry to semi-sweet (but very drinkable with nice acidity) that I was able to find at Wal-Mart for $6/bottle. Wine Spectator gave it 88 pts. My wife and mother like it a lot too (and are in fact what spurred my purchase of a case).


According to today's Wine Spectator Advance, Wine Spectator will be awarding 87 pts to the 2008 bottling in the September 30, 2009 issue:


Snoqualmie Riesling Columbia Valley Winemaker’s Select 2008 • $8
Soft and light, this is sweet enough to make the melon and citrus flavors feel rich, but the tang on the finish keeps it in balance. Drink now.—H.S.


I suspect that there is little difference between the 2007 and 2008 bottlings of the Snoqualmie Winemaker's Select Riesling (although there is a fairly marked difference between the Winemaker's Select bottling and the slightly more expensive "Naked" organic bottling, which is notably drier.)

Vange
07-29-2009, 13:34
Not sure if anyone follows wine blogs/wine forums but a major critic is under fire recently for some bad ratings. I personally never liked this person's overrating of wine (always 5-6 pts higher than other critics), but the saga is interesting as its one thing after the other with this guy.

Vange
07-29-2009, 13:35
Not sure if anyone follows wine blogs/wine forums but a major critic is under fire recently for some bad ratings. I personally never liked this person's overrating of wine (always 5-6 pts higher than other critics), but the saga is interesting as its one thing after the other with this guy.

I wont call the critic out as I dont want to be a basher, but if you search the web its obvious and "all over".

Sijan
07-29-2009, 15:28
I don't, but am intrigued. Who...? What blogs/forums should I check out?

Vange
07-29-2009, 17:22
Ill just post this
Warning 20 pages of threads here plus more at other sites

http://www.wineberserkers.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7441

Sijan
07-30-2009, 03:59
Wow, that's VERY interesting. That specific wine - the 2005 Sierra Carche - is what made me lose faith in Jay Miller's reviews. See my CellarTracker review of this wine, which I think was the first review up on CT for the wine. Even my 87 was perhaps a bit high, on anticipation that the wine might have just been closed and could improve with aging (as well as some possible self-denial over having purchased a half case of plonk at $30/btl). I have not revisited the wine and have it tucked away in the furthest corner of my cellar for 5+ years of aging as it was so raw and "closed" that I assumed it must need a LOT of time to get anywhere near 90+ points.

http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=520947

6/23/2008 rated 87 points: </I>Puzzled by Jay Miller's 96 point rating for this wine in Wine Advocate. Wine was very dry and acidic, reminded me of a dry Italian red. Blend is apparently 50&#37; Monastrell (Mourvedre), 25% Malbec, and 25% Petit Verdot, but I wouldn't have been able to guess any of that blind. Would have guessed something like a dry, oak-aged Sangiovese.

I got the oak, pencil lead, and perhaps the tar notes on this wine, but I did not get the berry or fruit notes described by Miller and other reviewers. Did not strike me as full-bodied, but rather light-to-medium bodied and fairly acidic. Went better with food - paired ok with pizza. I generally like Spanish reds, and I found this reasonably complex and quite drinkable but not strongly appealing - perhaps it just isn't my preferred style of wine.

Am wondering if heat could have been a factor, as this was recently shipped to me in the summer, albeit during a relatively cool week where temps should have only reached into the high 70s. Or perhaps it is just closed right now. I am hoping that either this will improve with age or that my palate was just off last night, as I picked up a half case of this stuff on the Parker score and relatively low ($30) price. (2162 views)

Vange
07-30-2009, 06:54
I bought 4 bottles of this junk because "someone" told me it was like Clio. HA! Not even close. I agree with your score of 87. Nowhere near worth $30.
This is only the latest in the JSM saga. Not sure if you heard abut all the paid trips to Australia, Spain, etc?

Jono
10-22-2009, 12:01
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091021115013.htm

Scientific Basis The 'Golden Rule' Of Pairing Wines And Foods

"The scientists are reporting that the unpleasant, fishy aftertaste noticeable when consuming red wine with fish results from naturally occurring iron in red wine."

There are exceptions to the rule...low iron reds.

Gillman
11-03-2009, 17:25
After some 6000 plus posts from me, there is always a new twist: a red wine I like. Scott Cellars Pinot Noir, 2006 from Santa Maria Valley, CA. A rich yet dry wine, with a lovely soft flavour. It has the pencil lead the wine geeks speak of, that and some fine wood and vegetal notes in support. Classy stuff. I drink red wine perhaps 6 times per year.

Gary

Gillman
11-03-2009, 23:18
I should add, that I did not mean to suggest I do not like red wine, I do. I meant that I only occasionally drink it.

Gary

Vange
11-04-2009, 10:11
As oposed to Gary, I probably drink 2 bottles per week although I am sure he has me beat in the bourbon consumption.. I guess it helps that my wife really enjoys wine so we can crack a bottle and enjoy it together.

Side note: Its really amazing to me how the movie Sideways made Pinot Noir such the sought after grape as opposed to how it crushed the sales of merlot. Its silly to me though,as most Bordeaux (which is highly sought after as well) is either primarily merlot or cab sauv (Petrus Pmoeral is 100% merlot and the 05 retails for $3000ish) with the rest being cab franc, petite verdot, and/or malbec.

I have always liked Pinot Noir, but my palate typically craves big, tannic, thicker wines and pinot noir's softer nature cannot satisfy that. Petite Sirahs are on my preferred varietal right now.

One well priced Pinot Noir I keep on hand is from Oregon, Owen Roe Sharecropper's Pinot Noir.

As for merlot, I have 4-5 cases worth of 2005 Bordeaux aging gracefully with merlot blended into many of those wines.