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Snooth User: EMark

Albarino VT

Posted by EMark, Apr 20.

http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasti...

May 4

Interesting that rather than sending me off to find whatever wines are going to be tasted, they are selling packages through the Snooth Concierge.  I signed up for three bottles for $50.  Peggy and I can handle three bottles of Albarno for $16-something a piece.  I also RSVPed for the VT.  I'm pretty sure I can make it.

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Reply by rckr1951, Apr 20.

Think I'll do the same.

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Reply by GregT, Apr 20.

Didn't know Mark was a Snooth co-founder.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 22.

He was there at the beginning as a big part of the IT effort, but he was fundamentally a hired hand. 'Co-founder' seems a history rewrite that nobody remains around to counter. He needed to add more cachet beyond the recently added 'chief taster', it seems. Just wish he'd pay more attention to the IT needs and get a proper COO in if he wants to retain the CEO title.  ;-(

Looks like the free samples are a thing of the past. And extra strain on the copy seems to make it overly treacly-flowery:

"There’s so much to say about the region and its signature grape, both shaped by a unique Galician culture within an Atlantic coastal climate. Once you understand a wine’s origins, your drinking experience will achieve new heights."

Hmmm...

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Reply by outthere, Apr 22.

I'm tempted to do the 10 pack at that price.

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Reply by GregT, Apr 22.

But which bottles do you get? Most of the wines are around $14 anyway. If I'm not mistaken, the Torona and Santiago Ruiz are blends, the latter especially.

And some of these are much better than others. Senorans for example, and probably Valmiñor, Pazo san Mauro, and Vonta. Those would be worth $14.33.

Any idea of the vintage?

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Reply by outthere, Apr 22.

Most likely current release. That's the way VTs have always been in the past. I would assume 2015. In the 10pk the avg cost is $13.79 with free shipping.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Apr 22.

Not sure I'll bite on this VT but I do enjoy a good Albarino.  The Pazo de Señoráns is one of my go to daily whites that I get for around $15.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 25.

I can usually find good Albarino of my choosing at those prices, so... chances are I won't buy and might watch. 

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Reply by GregT, Apr 25.

Well if they ship me Codax, I'm not happy. If they ship some of the others, I'd be OK.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 26.

Greg, you make Codax sound like it's Gallo or something.  Oh, wait, it is Gallo.  Or at least they are the distributor in the US.  But, hey, they haven't ruined Brancaia (which was founded to be international anyway, so there's that). 

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Reply by GregT, Apr 27.

Yes. And having had both, I'd prefer the Brancaia. Still debating. Wish there was some way to know what I'd end up with. But I just picked up some rosado for next month, so I guess I'm OK.

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Reply by EMark, May 3.

OK, my three-pack arrived today, and, I have to say, I am pleased.  I know little about these wines other than what I've just read on the labels, but they look interesting.  I think I've had the Abadia de San Campio, previously, but, definitely, not the other two.

 

The Abadia de San Campio appears to be the only one that is made from only Albariño grapes.  Frankly, this one appears to be the least interesting to me.  My guess is that this is the one I will be sipping while listening to the VT.

The other two just seem to be much more interesting.  Maybe because I am completely unfamiliar with them, but, clearly, the labels are fascinating.

Santiago Ruiz.

  • Notice towards the upper left corner, "O Rosal."  From the back label I learned that O Rosal is a region within Rias Baixas.  I'm sure that GregT and Dmcker both knew that, but it was a learning experience for me.  If you look at the map on the front label, it appears that O Rosal is along the Portuguese boarder and follows the Rio Miño.
     
  • This wine is a blend of grapes.  The back label lists Albariño, Loureiro and Treixadura.  Reading between the lines, I would assume that there might be some others in there.

Altos de Torona:

I'm going to point out items on the front label of this wine from the top down.  I apologize for the fuzziness of my pic if you can't read it.  I am transcribing from the label.

  • At the very top in fairly small upper case font:

    ALTITUD 60 A 350 METROS

    OK, I guess they are giving the altitude of the vineyard(s).  Do you think that means between 60 and  350 meters above sea level?
     
  • Next is the name of the maker.  That's pretty easy.
     
  • Then, in even smaller font:

    N:42°  O: 8° 46'

    Which sure looks like 42 degrees north longitude, 8 degrees, 42 minutes west latitude..

    That's pretty cool.
     
  • In reasonalby prominent font:

    ROSAL

    So, this one is also from the O Rosal district of the Rias Baixas.
     
  • WHITE WINE

    Stating the obvious.
     
  • Then there is this seal-like graphic proclaiming:

    TRIPLE VARIETAL

    This is a blend of Albariño, Loureiro and Caiiño grapes.

    Something just dawned on me.  I'll bet that GregT is just cringing about the "Triple Varietal" nomenclature.  I agree.
     
  • The bottom of the label is pretty standard stuff.
     
  • There is also a pretty cool neck hanger on this bottle that gives some more information.  I've scanned it and am attching it, below.  It may not be readable:

 

So, for about $50, I am happy.  I would be interested in hearing what others have recieved.  Did you go for all 10, OT?

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Reply by outthere, May 4.

Sorry, we had a family emergency and have been out of the loop for the past couple weeks, so I never pulled the trigger. Hoping for some normalcy soon. I'm too old for this shit.

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Reply by EMark, May 4.

Sorry to hear, Bud.  Hang in there.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, May 5.

Did anybody watch/participate in the VT? i asked about getting a sample pack and the reply said something like "not very many samples to share"  Then I saw a friend on Twitter that posted a picture of about 10 bottles!

IMHO Albarino is a great value white wine.  Curious about your perspectives.

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Reply by EMark, May 5.

I sat in on it.

Best thing about it was the Rias Baixas marketing lady--Jill.  Quite knowledgeable and well-spoken.  She even admitted that she had never before tried one or two of the wines sampled..

Production was not great.  Split screen--Mark A. on the left, Jill on the right.

They just cranked throught the 10 wines.  I have to say they did a pretty good job of staying on target.  Jill would talk about each maker and the wine.  Occasionally, a question from the audience would be addressed.

I think my biggest problem was that none of my Forum buddies were in the audience.  It was all the group of bloggers that Snooth seems to be cultivating, lately.  Not surprisingly, every wine was a hit with the audience.  I have to say, I grew tired of hearing that oysters were the perfect match for every one of the wines.  I was sipping only the Abadia Albarino.  To me that one started off terribly--with a serious chemical taste.  After 10 or 15 minutes I guess that blew off and I was getting a very fruity--citrus and tropical--wine with excellent acid.  It was a pretty good wine, but with all those fruit flavors and think that the minerality of oysters would have been too much of a contrast to the fruitiness of the wine.  I must be wrong though, because everybody else kept shouting oysters, oysters, oysters.

I saw Mark A. holding a bottle up to the camera, occasionally, when a new wine was introduced, but I could not read the labels.  You had to rely on your sound to catch the name of the wines.  Sometimes you could get it from the audience chat.  It would have been nice if they published the list of 10 wines.

There was confusion on the starting time.  Yesterday morning I received a reminder e-mail that the event was starting at 5:00 pm Pacific time.  At 4:55 I received another reminder entitled "Come taste with us right now!"  When I went to the site there was a countdown clock that showed about 4 minutes to start time.  At 5:00 nothing happened.  A few people on the chat started wondering.  Somebody said, "It doesn't start until 8:30."

Sure enough, it started at 5:30 PDT.

The network feed dropped several times during the event.  That was annoying.

All in all, it was an OK event, but not compelling.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 5.

The Warriors won last night, after I ate a very pleasant dinner (risotto and Nebbiolo, commented on elsewhere) with my family.  Somehow rushing home for the VT wasn't my top priority.

Lucha, do you know for certain that your friend got those comped, or is it possible he paid?  I bet he never got picked up by the front page of a website that was completely unrelated to wine. 

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Reply by dmcker, May 6.

OK, Mark, do we miss GDP?    ;-(

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Reply by rckr1951, May 6.

Couldn't make it, business came up and that took up most of the evening. I like Albarino quite a bit so it would have interesting.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, May 7.

Hi Fox,

I am pretty sure that he received the wines as samples.  He is fairly active as a wine blogger and seems to fit the profile that Snooth is trying to cultivate as a promoter of their brand.

Lucha


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