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Originally posted by drthvader:
hey, futronic i have been eyeing the giacomo barolo. Have you had this before.? Cool

Yes I have. It was young when I tasted it at the Classics tasting in September, but it was a delicious, traditional Barolo. My notes:

Garnet red to orange rim. Pretty nose, very traditional, with tar, roses, earth, red berries. Medium-full bodied with cherries, very present tannin and an earthiness to the wine. Dry, lingering finish with cherries and rose petals. Very tasty. Needs time for tannins to integrate. Hold until 2008+. 91 points. (09/29/2003).
6 x 2001 Paloma Merlot @ $45 (Probably gone now, it's been over a week)
2 x 2001 Corte Riva Merlot @ $39
4 x 2002 Siduri PN Sonoma County @ $20
4 x 2002 Siduri PN Sonoma Coast @ $26
4 x 2002 Siduri PN Central Coast @ $23
1 x 2002 Siduri PN Keefer @ $50
1 x 2002 Siduri PN Clos Pepe @ $50
1 x 2002 Siduri PN Santa Lucia Highlands @ $32

"I've gotta be honest with you, guys. I need more cowbell."
Its great to see so many OZ wines listed.
I live in Sydney, and basically just buy Australian Reds, from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Margaret River. The last two never get a mention because they are mainly Cabernet areas (our two best) and Shiraz is all the rage, thanks to Mr Parker. I happen to have a similar liking for big aussie shiraz, and have some older ones that Mr. Parker would love. Its great, nobody has heard of them, and they have not increased in value, and I feel better drinking them! If anyone is after an odd bottle of high score Parker wines over the past 4 years, email me.

Ive been buying recently

01 Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz
02 Shirvington Shiraz
02 Shirvington Cabernet
02 Fox Creek Short Row Shiraz
01 Chapel Hill Vicar Shiraz/Cab
01 Rosemount Traditional Cab blend
02 Two Hands Bellas Garden
02 Two Hands Lilys Garden
02 Kaesler Stonehorse Shiraz
02 Scarpantoni Cabernet McLaren Vale
02 Mitolo GAM plus others.
Russian River Wine Co - Healsburg, Ca
1x NV JC Cellars Cuvee Gaillard ($40.50)

The Wine Shop - Healdsburg, Ca
2x 1999 Fattoria Di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga Riserva ($41.50)
1x 2001 Albini Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Merlot ($30)

The Root Cellar - Healdsburg, Ca
2x 2000 Chateau Lascombes Margaux($48.00)
2x 1996 Cordero Di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto ($50)

Martinelli Winery - Windsor, Ca
2x 2001 Martinelli Pinot Noir Reserve ($40.00)
3x375ml NV Osborne Pedro Ximenez 1827 @$13.49
3x375ml NV Buller Fine Muscat @$11.49 W.A.94
3x375ml NV Buller Fine Tokay @$11.49 W.A.92
3x375ml NV Chambers Muscat @$11.99 W.A. 95

12x750ml Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha
@$7.99 R.P.91 pts.

Just some Christmas gifts to myself. My first foray into the Aussie world of "stickies", should be fun.

"...soon they'll be bleary eyed under a keg of wine, Down where the drunkards roll." Richard Thompson.
I typically buy wine for the holidays and stuff wineries only sell to their club members for the holidays. 3 bottles niebaum coppola rutherford cabernet franc 2001. 3bottles justin reserve cabernet paso robles 2001. 2bottles justin justification 2001. 3 bottles domaine du pegau chateaunuefdupape2001.2 bottles hugel jubilee gewurtztraminer 2001. 2 bottles mayacamas napa valley savignon blanc 2001.1 bottle arrowood sonoma cabernet savignon 1999. cheers.

The Uvas Valley is where Stef and I want to put our vineyard. There hasn't been a winery there for 30+ years. The Bonesio's was the last one. (Uvas is Spanish for grape by the way, the missionaries named the valley in the 1770's because of all the wild grapes.)

It's at 800-1200 feet in the Santa Cruz Mountains, on mixed clay and gravel, about 2900 degree days, on rolling foothills. A lot like Spring Mountain in Napa.

I've looked for a bottle of this for years. When I was a kid my dad took me fishing in the lakes in the valley, and as a teenager I would go on 20-30 mile bike rides there. Uvas Canyon is still my favorite place to hike.

It will make a nice link to the past for us.

Santa Cruz Mountains Vintage Chart

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