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Snooth User: outthere

A bargain at twice the price and it's a drink me now wine!

Posted by outthere, Sep 8, 2011.

I'm really enjoying a Hermitage lately that is a steal at $17. Equinoxe or the official name: 

Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage Équinoxe Maxime Graillot

Black as night with a big mouthfull of dark berries, pepper, spice and the acidity to cut through a USDA Prime NY Strip. Gone through 1/2 a case in the last few weeks and keep coming back for more. All hail the screw cap! Darn I love finding a bargain. 

Oh, and it's a vintage 2010 to top it off. Best on day 2 but very drinkable right out of the gate.




Reply by napagirl68, Sep 9, 2011.

Ok... nice tease.. so where are you getting this peppery gem? Msg me if you want...

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 9, 2011.

Yeah, this looks awesome.  Love the French value plays, sign me up.

I'll race you to the prize NG...have no idea how to find this myself.

Reply by outthere, Sep 9, 2011.

Geez do I have to do everything for you?

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 9, 2011.

 Thanks OT, that did feel like a lazy move, but with such a long name - couldn't muster up the energy to get it done.  Might be worth a drive to Wine Exchange tonight...

Reply by outthere, Sep 10, 2011.

Crtl - C  

Ctrl - V

Is our friend! :)

Reply by ScottLauraH, Sep 10, 2011.

Woo hoo...we carry this in our store!  I just haven't tried it yet!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 12, 2011.

Man, I wish I could justify buying more N. Rhone.  I just bought a bunch of Vidal-Fleury at about $10 a pop. (Older vintage, but drinking great, I think a 2005.)  I've got some C-H from Jabboulet that I bought from Garagiste that's just killer, too. 

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 13, 2011.

Hey Foxall - What do you think about the Bordeaux offer that came out from Garagiste today?

Reply by dmcker, Sep 13, 2011.

This what you mean, Vello?

2008 Chateau Guibeau Puisseguin St. Emilion (grand vin) - $13.99

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 13, 2011.

D - Yes.  That's the one.  I should have included that in my question to begin with!  Any thoughts?

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 13, 2011.

I think JR at Garagiste has exactly five cases of wine to ship to me in the fall, and I had to delete his lascivious email before I was tempted to buy more.  He makes everything sound so good and so far the wine hasn't disappointed me one bit.  But I passed on that one just because I value my marriage and my wife thinks we have to store something besides wine in the half-basement, like our kids' art, camping gear, ski clothes...

Now, if he makes another outrageous deal on Huet, and his minions can find me extra bottles like they did last time, I may have to reconsider.  But for now, I'm laying off the Garagiste offers. On the other hand, since you are in WA, you don't have to deal with his shipping quirks (full cases only, high shipping rates) and might want to go there and pick up a few.

Reply by lingprof, Sep 19, 2011.

fyi, I <3 Wine Exchange!

Reply by JonDerry, Oct 9, 2011.

OT - The Equinoxe is still on my list to try, but I found a 2005 Resalte RdD yesterday that I thought would work well in this thread. Turns out this wine was hyped a bit by WS last year in their best of (top Spanish wine of 2010), but I found it at the local Costco for $24.99 - or you can grab it at K&L for $29.99

TN: The nose really jumps out with a potent bouquet of dark red fruit, acid and soil. Racy flavors of fresh pomegranate and sour cherry while showing plenty of acidity and some earth on the palate. There's also a licorice mint freshness along with powerful but fine grained tannins on the back end. Resolves well with a graceful medium finish. This is an excellent RdD...very well balanced, flavorful, and with some good short to medium term aging potential. 93+

Reply by JonDerry, Oct 10, 2011.

By the way Fox, I wasn't aware of the full case required for shipments leaving Garigiste...does this mean if I have an order for 3 bottles, i'll need to add 9 before they ship?

Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 10, 2011.

JD: Pretty much.  You can ask them to ship partials, but their shipping is already pricey, which they promise to improve this shipping season. I think they will also ship your last if it's partial.  They have a number of quirks, one being that you don't know what the shipping is until it's shipped.  I feel a little guilty that I order so much from them, but mostly it's stuff that I can't get elsewhere, so I justify it that way. 

BTW, the wine from the OP was the Crozes-Hermitage of the same producer that was in our St. Joseph vs. Cali Syrah tasting at the end of August on the Russian River.  Nice wines, decent prices.  I think C-H is underrated/value priced compared to other N. Rhones, which are very pricey.  They have elevated the game there, and some of the vineyards are practically in Hermitage anyway.  I've got a couple bottles from P&V Jaboulet from a labelling they did that didn't work out commercially, as they went too high in price.  It's an astounding deal at $13-ish. They couldn't sell it at $35-50, according to Rimerman.  But try finding a Hermitage less than $40.

JD, if you don't already, you might want to get on the list--they carry Resalte often (it's the wine that makes me think the "Wines Til Sold Out" thing is a crock, never mind that I've bought good things from them) at a price lower than you paid. Check the vintages, though, as I have noticed that good labels from off vintages may be the real business model.

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