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Snooth User: JonDerry

What have you bought lately?

Posted by JonDerry, May 2.

Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...

Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally.

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Reply by duncan 906, May 2.

I have a number of bottles that I have acquired in my cupboard awaiting consumption and I shall write up a review on here for each one when I do so. My most recent purchase can be seen here;

www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/61048

 

 

 

 

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Reply by EMark, May 2.

St. Supery 2010 Dollarhide Cabernet Sauvignon and Baldacci 2009 Four Brothers "Fraternity" red blend.  I tasted both at an event the other day.  I told the host at the Baldacci table (Michael Baldacci who, I'm pretty sure is one of the four brothers), "Please don't be offended, but I think this is a great hamburger wine."  He laughed and was not offended at all.  At over $40 per bottle, that is going to be a relative spendy hamburger dinner.  The CS will sit in the vault for a few years. 

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Reply by outthere, May 2.

I bit on some LIOCO last week when I went to the lunch, 4 Rosé and a couple Carignane, otherwise I have been very very good this year.

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Reply by JonDerry, May 26.

First buy in Burgundy for the vintage, which happens to be my son's birth year (though not sure he'll get any taste of these)...2012 is apparently a great year for quality Bourgogne, albeit a very short crop. This is from one of the hottest producers in France, just entering his prime, and by all accounts, has produced a Bourgogne Blanc for the ages in 2012. @ $29.99 at K&L and many other retailers. This Bourgogne Blanc is made up of fruit from estate plots in Puligny Montrachet and St. Aubin (which borders Chassagne and Puligny).

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Reply by gregt, May 26.

Most recently some horrible Zin. I knew the name from years ago and decided to give it a try.

EOS.

Crapola. It's going to be a marinade, but maybe drain cleaner.

Next most recent was some clearance closeout Viognier at Qupe's winery, along with some of their Syrah. Viognier is usually the most disappointing white grape around - beautiful nose promising so much, and then failing to deliver anything. Well, Qupe got it right just like they get so many things right. Theirs is less promising on the nose and consequently all the more enjoyable on the palate, with citrus notes and some real flavor interest. How 'bout that? I was so surprised to actually discover a good Viognier, I bought a half case.

At the moment however, I'm in the midst of a 1995 Napa Cab.

 

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Reply by EMark, May 26.

OK, I confess.  I have posted a couple times in the last few weeks that I am on a SIWBM because the house is a mess with a remodeling appearance.  Then, I get a coupon for 20% off on all Chardonnays at Total Wine.  One of the residents of our household is more a white wine drinker than a red wine drinker, and in the last year she (oops, I gave it away) has developed a taste for Chardonnay.  This coupon has a timer, and it expires before the project is going to finish.  So, today I bought a mixed case of Chardonnays.  I am most optimistic about the Ramey/Hyde Vineyard, the Sbragia/Home Vineyard and the Cakebread/Napa.  Some I bought because she always likes them:  Clos Pegase/Mitsuko's Vineyard, Flowers/Sonoma Coast, Buehler/RRV and Barnett/Sangiacomo Vineyard.  Some I bought because they are reliable reasonably priced wines:  St. Supery/Oak Free, Cuvaison/Carneros, Merryvale/Starmont, Kunde/Sonoma County.

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Reply by gregt, May 26.

I'd be interested in the Buehler and Barnett in addition to the Sbragia. Chardonnay time at emark's house!

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Reply by duncan 906, May 27.

I have just returned from my long weekend motorcycle trip to France;Saumur,Fontevraud Abbey,Chinon castle, Chateau de Chennonceaux and Rouen.I got served some nice wines with my evening meals in the hotels and I managed to find space in my baggage for a few souvenir bottles.I bought two bottles of Chinon in Chinon plus a Vouvray and a Touraine.I also stopped off at the big supermarket in Calais and got three bottles of Sauternes and some cheese.I had the cheese for my supper last night

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Reply by dmcker, May 27.

What labels from those regions? Sounds like a great trip!

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Reply by duncan 906, May 27.

It was indeed a great trip although I did get rained on a couple of times

I have already written reviews on here for three wines I was served with my evening meals;

Saumur Champigny Tradition Domaine de Bonneliere 2012

Boulaouane Vin du Maroc NV

Cotes de Bordeaux La Rose Bellvue Blaye 2013

On the other couple of other evenings I just had a 'pichet' of wine so cannot be sure of details

In Chinon I bought;

Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon from Chateau du Coudray 2012

Domaine Eric Herault Vielles Vignes Chinon 2010

Clos de la Deviniere ' Cuvee Frere Jean,' Touraine Rouge from Maison Natale de Rabelais 2009

Clos de la Deviniere  Touraine Blanc from Maison Natale de Rabelais 2010

Chateau Moncontour 'La Belle Angerie' Vielles Vignes Vouvray Demi-Sec 2010

In the Calais supermarket I bought three bottles of

Prince de Saint-Aubin Sauternes by Yvon Mau 2011

 

When I get around to drinking this lot I will write up reviews on here

 

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 27.

Umm, I haven't really bought any wine aside from group bottles at restaurants for the last two weeks.  Y'know, drinking in the cellars of Piedmont with Greg and all... ;-)

Yep, Eos was sold, had financial problems, went badly downhill.  GregT, I feel your pain. Glad you nailed it on the Qupe Viognier at least.

And I eased back into the states by drinking one bottle of Pierre Paillard grower Champagne (yeasty but good), two 2004 Brunelli (Corte Pavone and Poggio di Salvo), and a 2011 Barbera. After the trip and in anticipation of either moving or starting the remodel, I'm on SIWBM. I do accept gifts, however.

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Reply by EMark, May 27.

Welcome back, Fox.  I am back on the wine-buying fast for the same reason.  3-4 weeks to go. I am hoping that the this project ends before the Quivet solicitation so that I don't have to hire a lawyer to look for a technicality for me to use.

Greg, it's funny that you picked up on the Buehler.  That is another Napa Valley winery that I like a lot--mostly, because they, probably more than any other winery, do not add the Napa Valley Gouge Factor to their pricing.  This is a $16 Chardonnay that is terrific. No, it's not going to win tons of competitions or rack up 95-point scores, but as a nice sipping wine in the back yard, it is tough to beat, and at it's price it is definitely a GOOD VALUE.  Their Cabs are terrific and, for Napa Valley, dirt cheap.

I'm also on the same page with you on the Barnett.  Ceritas is my current favorite Calif. Chardonnay, but only by a nose over this Barnett, which, by the way, at the mid-$20s comes in at about half the price of Ceritas examples.

The Diamond Bar adobe will be open for visits starting in July.   ;-)

 

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Reply by dmcker, May 27.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 27.

The request is in...will be the first time I've bought an actual, full case of something if this goes through. Garagiste finally came with the goods.

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Reply by EMark, Jun 27.

Last week while I was up north:

Enkidu:

  • 2013 Shamhat Rose of Syrah
  • 2009 Odyssey Syrah (2 X)
  • 2011 Bedrock Zinfandel (2 X)
  • 2012 ANU Cabernet Sauvignon

I also did something I swore I'd never do--buy futures.  Zichichi Family Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is up a dead-end street, pretty much, off the beaten path.  Their "Barrel Tasting Today" sign sucked me in.  It was a lot of fun.  So, I tasted three wines out of the barrel, and bought two bottles of each to be delivered next spring.  The tariff was pretty reasonable.  So, we'll see how I did:

  • 2013 Estate Zinfandel
  • 2013 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel (80 year old vines)
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (fruit from Pyramid Vineyard in Chalk Hill.

 

 

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 27.

JD, what vintage did you buy?  (envious regardless...)

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 27.

2010...Bussia (went bigger on this one due to Fox and my other pal's rec) and Villero, but I hear the 2011's are going to be amazing and there's also a Riserva in the pipeline...just too much.

This is really a gift from my dad...I found that our Air France tickets were refunded to my credit card yesterday. Didn't take me long to spend half of the $, though I will be responsible for distributing some of these bottles to said pals.

Also went for a few 2010 Burlotto Monvigliero.

Waiting on Brovia, and the Mascarellos now, and I suppose Conterno.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 28.

"Yep, Eos was sold, had financial problems, went badly downhill.  GregT, I feel your pain. Glad you nailed it on the Qupe Viognier at least."

LOL. When Greg first posted the name I thought it meant 'End Of Story'!

 

 

JD, I have a potentially even better 2012 Bourgogne blanc for you. Will start a separate thread for it.

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Reply by duncan 906, Jun 28.

I have been spending my hard-earned cash on my favourite auction site; Well I have yet to pay and collect but I soon will and when I get around to drinking them I shall write up reviews on Snooth

 

www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/64390

www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/64264

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 29.

Auctions are often a tricky business. Will be interested to hear both the condition of the bottles, and their tasting profiles! Nice to get bottles already a bit aged...

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