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#204125 - 04/13/08 01:04 PM Re: the wine thread ***** [Re: tomtuttle]
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 Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Is that a tasting of massive chardonnays or a massive tasting of chardonnays? ;\)

Yes on both counts.

Fattest chardonnay ever...YellowTail Reserve.
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#205146 - 04/22/08 09:52 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: chesseroo]
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I’ve been drinking so many inexpensive wines from South America and Spain (under $15 that I call “drinkers”), that I’ve been buying from wine.com; I haven’t had a whole lot to recommend lately. The other night though, I opened a Napa Zin and it was outstanding. Terrific nose with fruit that wasn’t over the top. It has a good fruity pallet you find in most Napa Zins, but it also had some spice and smoke with it at the same time. It wasn’t the typical Napa over-extracted jammy fruit that Parker likes either, just nice crisp clean fruit. It’s high in alcohol (15.8%), but you’d never know it. The wine just hid it well and I would have pegged it between 13.5 and 14%. A little spendy, but I still recommend it to anyone who likes zins.

The wine is from Klinker Brick Winery. It’s their “Old Ghost” vintage…2005. $37.00 http://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com/old_ghost_old_vine_zinfandel.htm

I have six more on order……
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#205150 - 04/22/08 10:13 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: michael_d]
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I'll keep that one on my list for later, if I didn't already have a truckload of Zins I would order a couple now.

I am interested in some of your favorite under $15.00 dollar buys from Latin America. I really enjoy the Root 1 Cabernet that I was getting for under $10.00 a bottle. I'm also really liking some of the Argentine Malbecs.
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#205152 - 04/22/08 10:25 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: HomeDad]
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Two days to the chardonnay tastings.
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#205209 - 04/23/08 01:56 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: chesseroo]
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I’ve had many great bottles from South America. It’s actually more of a challenge to find one I don’t like… I’ve had the Root 1 and like it. I usually have three or four in the “drinker cooler”.

Here’s a few I’ve tried and really enjoyed.

2004 Veramonte Primus $15
Anything from Concha y Toro (I love the Don Melchor) $10 - $65
2005 Santa Rita carmenere $13
2003 Gascon Presidents Blend Malbec $17.50
2004 Unico Luis Miguel Gran Reserva Cab $15
2005 Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec $15

One from Spain worth mentioning as well:

Los Rocas Garnacha $11
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#205210 - 04/23/08 02:00 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: michael_d]
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Thanks Mike, I've tried a couple Concha y Toros and really enjoyed them. The others are going on my to order list.
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#205215 - 04/23/08 02:22 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: HomeDad]
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I picked up a cab from Concha Y Toro form Costco and really liked it. The more it breathed, the better it got. (I forgot to use the Vinturi!) The third, and final, day, was the best.
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#205217 - 04/23/08 02:24 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: HomeDad]
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Another one from Chile that I’ve mentioned a couple times already, but worth mentioning again is Almaviva. It's hard to find because they only have one US distributor that cascades to sub-distributors, but damn it's good. It’s a joint venture of sorts between the Concha y Toro Winery and the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. If you ever see one, just suck it up, pay the price and take it home for a special occasion. I’ve got a couple 99’s and if I see any when I wander through wine shops that are laying down, I buy them. I’ve had the 99, 2001 and 2004. They were all outstanding.

http://www.almavivawinery.com/
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#205260 - 04/23/08 09:11 PM Re: the wine thread [Re: michael_d]
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Concha y Toro Trio 1999 was one of the best reds i ever had and it was a whopping 12 dollars.
They have since changed the 'blend' and i didn't care for the last one i had.

The Don Melchor is stellar, and ageing nicely in the cellar.
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#205313 - 04/24/08 10:43 AM Re: the wine thread [Re: chesseroo]
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MMMMmmmmm, Don Melchor.



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