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WTN: Small change

by Florida Jim » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:34 am

All wines purchased at Total Wine, St. Petersburg, Florida.

2009 Marquis de Monistrol, Cava Brut Winemaker’s Select:
12% abv; energetic bead, nice creaminess but still bright and lively in the mouth; charming and the equal of many N/V Champagnes. Buy more. $15.

2012 Terramore, Nero D’Avola:
12.5 % abv, organic grapes, screwcap; correct to its variety with hints of an herbaceous side; a bit of a puzzle as I like it and at the same time I’m not sure of it. I’ll buy another and try again. $10.

2012 Greek Wine Cellars, Assyrtiko Santorini:
12.5% abv; aromas, textures and flavors that reference Chenin blanc with the addition of some sappy fruit that is both sweet and bright (the wine, however, is dry); best at refrigerator temperature as it becomes oddly cloying at room temp. Probably not. $13.

2011 Poderi di Carlo, Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia:
12.0% abv; no evidence of skin contact as this is acidic and not especially intense, but it does have the characteristic scent of peach and nutmeg just at a lower intensity; quite clean and very bright, dry. I like it but I seem to crave more flavor. Maybe more. $13.

2012 Hugues de Beauvignac, Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Landguedoc:
12.5% abv, screwcap; floral and citrus nose; clean and crisp in the mouth with light fruit flavors; nicely persistent. Interesting both cold and warmed to room temp. Maybe more. $11.

2011 Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler, Riesling (Dry) Mosel:
11.5% abv, screwcap; a touch of sulphur on the nose but otherwise it’s what one would expect; despite the labeling, there’s a sweetness to the fruit although it finishes dry. Unremarkable but not unpleasant. No more. $15.

2011 Rocca Felice, Nebbiolo d’Alba Famiglia Lanzavecchia:
13.5% abv; ripe but quite correct nose with some layers and depth; excellent nebbiolo flavors, good complexity and even some finesse, this is quite accomplished and delicious with a level of complexity that is unexpected. Something very nice to drink while one’s Barolo ages. I’ll buy a good bit more of this. $16.

2008 G del R, Bierzo:
13% abv, the grape is Mencia; needed about 2 hours in the decanter to open into a darkly fruit, earthy wine with a touch of brett; not so much as to overwhelm but rather as nuance. Actually, made the wine more interesting. Probabvly buy again. $15.

I find it fun to bottom feed and see what can be found with good quality below $20. This round I had pretty good luck.
And found one diamond in the rough.

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Re: WTN: Small change

by David M. Bueker » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:41 am

That was positively "Boatloads of Cheap Crap"-esque.
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Re: WTN: Small change

by Florida Jim » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:24 am

David M. Bueker wrote:That was positively "Boatloads of Cheap Crap"-esque.

Coad is a god to me.
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Re: WTN: Small change

by David M. Bueker » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:15 pm

That is both inspring and scary - all at the same time.
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Re: WTN: Small change

by Brian K Miller » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:22 pm

Off Topic: Hey Jim, I just ran across a bottle of your orange wine Ribolla Giolla at Little Vine in San Francisco! Looking forward to trying it!
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Re: WTN: Small change

by Florida Jim » Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:56 pm

Brian K Miller wrote:Off Topic: Hey Jim, I just ran across a bottle of your orange wine Ribolla Giolla at Little Vine in San Francisco! Looking forward to trying it!

Thanks for picking it up.
A suggestion - cellar temperature, no colder.
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Re: WTN: Small change

by Lou Kessler » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:48 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:That was positively "Boatloads of Cheap Crap"-esque.

Have you plagiarIzed Chris Coad with this post? Questions of copyright come to mind. :wink:
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Re: WTN: Small change

by David M. Bueker » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:06 pm

Perhaps so, but I really don't give two prongs either way.
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