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Posts: 1661 | Location: Toronto, ON | Registered: Apr 05, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Vintages releases this time of year are so not inspiring. Good time to slow the acquisition rate.

Maybe I'll try the 2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial.
 
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Thanks Vijay,

+1, January releases seem to be targeted to the 'empty wallet' market segment. There could be some daily drinker/quaffers lurking.

Joseph Cattin Riesling. Kacaba Cab/Syrah might be interesting.
 
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I really enjoy the wines of Spain (mostly red) and often find them to have an excellent quality to price ratio. Not familiar with too many of them in this release, but wondered if anyone had tried any of these, or if there were ones that are consistently good.

I thought the sarada might be interesting and maybe the bordon rioja. I'd welcome any suggestion as I value the opinions of the people on this board more than most of the reviews in the vintages magazine.
 
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A $40 Spatburgunder? Crazy
 
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A $40 Spatburgunder? Crazy

I don't see any Germany pinot noir in the release?
If I buy anything it will likely be one of the Spanish ones that I can pick up 6 or 12 to drink a bottle on a weeknight without breaking the bank.
 
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A $40 Spatburgunder? Crazy

I don't see any Germany pinot noir in the release?
If I buy anything it will likely be one of the Spanish ones that I can pick up 6 or 12 to drink a bottle on a weeknight without breaking the bank.
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Look at the bottom. Its an ISD product. So it wont be in every store.
 
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A $40 Spatburgunder? Crazy


Yeah, I kind of wondered about that, but you never know. I found this description on a German wine site for those who are interested:

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Spicy aroma with peppers, strawberries, raspberries and shades from the barrel. Juicy, spicy flavor with a cool tone, fresh berries and spicy aftertaste with fadpræg without it drying "

Werner Nakel have unconditional Germany's safest Spätburgunder hand. It is clearly expressed in his base Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir in France). A seductive nose of cherry and raspberry blend with a nice mineral and fruity flavor in the mouth. The wine is perfect for heavy fish dishes, pork and veal. To get maximum benefit should the wine drunk by 16-17 degrees.
 
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I guess it's not too outrageous when you consider that it's hard to find an Ontario pinot noir for less than $40.
 
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http://www.vintages.com/circul...oads/publication.pdf


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I guess it's not too outrageous when you consider that it's hard to find an Ontario pinot noir for less than $40.


It's still outrageous, as is the fact you can't find an Ontario pinot noir for fewer than $40.


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Anyone see anything worth purchasing in this release?


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Pickings are slim.


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I'm thinking I'll probably try the Prior Pons.
 
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I went into the Laird St LCBO yesterday and their Vintages section looked like Mother Hubbard's cupboard - nothng left to sell. So the 19th release is going out on the floor on Monday as soon as the truck pulls in.

Too bad there's hardly anything I want to buy... LOL
 
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have the itch, do ya?
 
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I guess it's not too outrageous when you consider that it's hard to find an Ontario pinot noir for less than $40.


It's still outrageous, as is the fact you can't find an Ontario pinot noir for fewer than $40.

I agree. That's the point I was trying to make. I think it's actually more outrageous that Ontario producers making pinot don't make anything I've been impressed by for under $40, and I could still find one from another country that's better and cheaper. I haven't been able to find any bargains in my own country.
 
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have the itch, do ya?

Itchy yes, but not for the stuff available in the January releases.

Anyone know when the next Classics catalogue is due. Is it February?
 
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I just decided to answer my own question. - The next order deadline is February 5th, so the catalogue must be coming very soon.

The product list is online if you do a little snooping.
 
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Another Chapoutier Aussie comes out this week.

Domaine Tournon Shays Flat Shiraz 2010 $29

Wonder if it will be as good as the Malakoff?
 
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I can confirm that the Prior Pons is a very good wine. 14.5% but not a trace of heat.
 
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Have you opened the Malakoff yet? How did you find it?


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Have you opened the Malakoff yet? How did you find it?


No I have not open one yet. Just going off the reviews on CT. Wine Canuck recently posted notes. I bought the Tournon and am looking to do a comparison in the future. Really enjoy N.Rhone Chapoutier. From the notes on the Malakoff, it's more N.Rhone than fruit bomb Aussie.
 
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Have you opened the Malakoff yet? How did you find it?


No I have not open one yet. Just going off the reviews on CT. Wine Canuck recently posted notes. I bought the Tournon and am looking to do a comparison in the future. Really enjoy N.Rhone Chapoutier. From the notes on the Malakoff, it's more N.Rhone than fruit bomb Aussie.


My notes in CT from December 22...

A stellar night of a couple of 94 pointers, this along with the 2005 Elderton Command were both stunning wines, this was definitely from a cooler climate and had subtle freshness and complexity over the Command and although I scored them the same, this had a very slight edge, and was over $30 cheaper to boot - Dark, full bodied with a nose of raspberry, blueberry, plum, spice, pepper vanilla, amazing acidity, very well structured, complex and balanced with years to go, sweet, vibrant and intense on the palate with excellent length, a great wine! (94 Points). (402 views)

Wonderful stuff, sort of started a mini revival for me in terms of Oz..

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For anyone interested, the 2007 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino is really, really nice. Maybe not 94 points right now, but it might get there with age.
 
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