Manuel Camblor wrote:Ah, Jude, you reminded me of those André Simon tasting notes on the first wine books I ever read. I like the "petticoat" analogy very much.
Haven't had the '99 yet, but as a point of info for those of us in NYC, the '98 is popping up all over at substantially reduced prices. Apparently many stores weren't able to move it for the original asking price, a ridiculous $38, but now it's more in the $30 and slightly below neighborhood.
Young Ardanza can be quite corseted. With a few years, it turns into beautiful food wine, though.
Manuel Camblor wrote:The mark-ups for Spanish wines on this side of the water never cease to amaze me. Just go here http://www.pjwine.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTG2&Store_Code=pjs&Category_Code=6+6 and take a gander at the prices. You'll notice that the average is in the $25-30 range these days, which places Spain rather outside the "Value Central" category. I purposefully chose that merchant, because I feel the prices there are someofthe most advantageous in town. You'll find many of the wines retailing for more elsewhere.
Hard to say who the greedy ones beind those mark-ups are. We just know there is greed aplenty.
Manuel Camblor wrote:That's because of Sherry's notorious difficulty of movement in these markets. The last remaining great wine bargains from Spain, they are.
Did I ever mention that, apart from López de Heredia and Sherry, Spain is pretty much dead to me, wine-wise?
I had been shying away from '98 since having it on release but now I'll have to see if I can find some shelf-clearing sales. Thanks.The '98 is a more angular wine, a reflection of the vintage. But time in bottle since its release (it's been around a while) has been kind to it
Manuel Camblor wrote:Which Albariños, Jude? Spill, spill... I must say that I've been less than thrilled by many of the 2004s I've tried. Some decent wines, but nothing to shake me out of the genral funk I'm in regarding Spain. Fefiñanes was correct, but not especially exciting. Pazo Pondal, ditto. Don Olegario, from that new bodega on my map, was a bit confected and New-Worldishly tropicalistic. Granbazán didn't move me. Pazo de Señorans was rather limp.
All things considered, not a one of them made me think that I would not rather be drinking Muscadet. Or a nice Vin de Savoie.
Manuel Camblor wrote:I like the "petticoat" analogy very much.
Haven't had the '99 yet, but as a point of info for those of us in NYC, the '98 is popping up all over at substantially reduced prices. Apparently many stores weren't able to move it for the original asking price, a ridiculous $38, but now it's more in the $30 and slightly below neighborhood..
JoePerry wrote:Great note, thanks Jude! You captured the essence of La Rioja Alta Reserva.
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